Why the Coronavirus reaching Pakistan should not cause panic

On February 26th, two cases of Coronavirus were confirmed in Pakistan. As soon as the news hit social media, people from all walks of life began to panic. Within 24 hours, the N 95 masks sold out in Karachi at a much higher price then they originally were.

People purchasing masks and hand sanitisers in bulk is a sign of how scared the entire country is. However, in a time like this, it is essential for everyone to research and focus on facts instead of being terrified.

To contain the anxiety Pakistanis began to feel after the cases were discovered,  the health advisor Zafar Mirza tweeted, “Both cases are being taken care of according to clinical standard protocols and both of them are stable. No need to panic, things are under control.”

Still not sure how to handle the Coronavirus scare? Here’s all you need to know:

What is the coronavirus?

This virus is one that causes flu and fever-like symptoms. This includes sore throat, coughing, and a runny nose. Coronavirus can also evolve into pneumonia, bronchitis, and can even cause death in some cases. 

Why you shouldn’t panic 

Since the coronavirus started in China, the entire world has been on the edge. This is because not much is known about the virus and people always tend to fear the unknown.

Here are some basic facts that should should calm you down: 

A) Out of 83,729 cases worldwide, the number of deaths caused are 2859.This means around 80% of those infected by the virus recovered. 

B) A scientist from Harvard has stated that in a few years, coronavirus will be like a common seasonal flu that many experience.

C) The virus is not transmitted through air.

How does it spread?

Coronavirus is transferred from one person to another if someone infected coughs or sneezes near you. The surface the infected individual touches can also transfer infection for the next 48 hours. However, the majority of those who caught the coronavirus, were quarantined for 14 days and went through symptoms similar to a common viral infection. 

Precautions 

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Maintain a three-feet distance from those who are coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Use masks.

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