The coronavirus needs no introduction. It has halted many aspects of our lives, including losing our loved ones. But now that the restrictions are being lifted, we still have a responsibility to prevent the spread of this deadly virus.
In this post, we address how you can protect yourself and your loved ones against the spread of coronavirus in public, at the workplace and at home.
There are a few things to keep in mind:
- The nature of the virus
- How it spreads,
- How it attacks the body
- How the body fights/recovers from it
Can Masks Prevent The Transmission Of Covid-19?
There have been many arguments regarding whether the face mask can prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Here are some facts you need to know about the virus and its mode of transmission:
The virus is so small that our blood cells seem gigantic compared to it. The virus measures only about 50 nm to 140 nm in diameter.
Although it is possible to contract the virus by touching infected surfaces, it is mainly transmitted by respiratory droplets. With a respiratory droplet measuring about 5-10 micrometres (µm) in length, inhaling or ingesting a contaminated droplet can potentially expose an individual to thousands of virus particles (which are nano-sized)
Thankfully, since the Coronavirus can't survive long outside the body and typically rely on respiratory droplets to move, we can easily halt their spread by using face masks.
The N95 masks, for example, can filter out any particle between 300 nm or less. This means respiratory droplets can be filtered. Hence, face masks are a great measure to prevent the spread of the virus.
How Does Covid-19 Infect Our Body System?
The mode of attack of the coronavirus begins from simple to complex. Once the coronavirus gets into the body - either by inhaling, injecting, or touching an infected person, and you proceed to touch your eyes, mouth or nostrils without washing or sanitizing - it quickly makes its way to the throat, then intestine, spleen, or lungs.
How Does Covid-19 Attack the Lungs and Other Organs?
Each human body organ is lined/covered by billions of cells called epithelial cells - which are abundant in our lungs. The Coronavirus latches onto these cells and infects them - by injecting its genetic materials into them and replicating those materials. Next, they start fighting against the immune system, and after colonizing them, they join forces to attack our organs.
This often results in the symptoms such as
- Shortness of breath,
This continues until the immune cells which aren't infected manage to kill off the coronaviruses which are causing the trouble. And, the already infected immune cells simply die off (immune cells don't live very long). This is when the patient starts recovering. But, the damaged organs may never!
However, if this patient wasn't careful - if they didn't wear masks or quarantined themselves - there is a big chance they must have infected a couple of more people before recovery. Getting vaccinated helps our bodies get used to the tricks of the coronavirus - by training our immune cells to fight the virus effectively - without damaging any organs.
What Are Some Preventive Measures For Covid-19?
Here are some of the measures that have been tried and tested to be effective:
- Social distancing
- Use of face masks
- Use of soap and water
- Use of hand sanitizers
- Vaccines and Booster shots
Handling the Covid-19 Post-Pandemic
Now that more than half of the population is vaccinated, should we throw away the mask and pretend as if our world has healed totally? The answer is NO! Post-pandemic, the need for these measures still exists, especially for immunodeficient persons. Immunodeficient people are encouraged to take an additional primary dose to help their bodies build greater immunity.
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