What you should know?
What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.
What is Covid-19?
COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. COVID-19 is now a pandemic affecting many countries globally.
How does it spread?
People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are expelled when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, or speaks. These droplets are relatively heavy, do not travel far and quickly sink to the ground. People can catch COVID-19 if they breathe in these droplets from a person infected with the virus.
Is there a vaccine, drug or treatment for COVID-19?
While some western, traditional or home remedies may provide comfort and alleviate symptoms of mild COVID-19, there are no medicines that have been shown to prevent or cure the disease. WHO does not recommend self-medication with any medicines, including antibiotics, as a prevention or cure for COVID-19.
What are the Symptoms
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Other symptoms that are less common and may affect some patients include aches and pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but only have very mild symptoms.
Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing hospital treatment. Around 1 out of every 5 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develop difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart and lung problems, diabetes, or cancer, are at higher risk of developing a serious illness. However, anyone can catch COVID-19 and become seriously ill. People of all ages who experience fever and/or cough associated with difficulty breathing/shortness of breath, chest pain/pressure, or loss of speech or movement should seek medical attention immediately. If possible, it is recommended to call the health care provider or facility first, so the patient can be directed to the right clinic.
Corona Virus Test@Home
What is Corona Virus Test?
This is a laboratory test that can identify the virus that causes COVID-19. This test is intended for the detection of the SARS-CoV-2.
Method - Real-Time PCR
It makes use of Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase (RT)-PCR Diagnostic Panels.
Note: Because of the constantly evolving situation, we are continuously working with our partner 3rd party labs to offer the best possible services for COVID 19 testing. The details with respect to the location of sample collection (home-based or in certain lab specified areas) are lab-specific, the same will be intimated by our customer support team.
As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) guidelines, Government ID ( Aadhaar card / Voter Id / Passport ) to support the current address and contact number of the suspect patient needs to be provided to the lab processing the sample.
It is mandatory for the suspect patient to possess the doctor’s prescription at the time of sample collection. The prescription should have the Doctor’s medical registration number and Doctor’s stamp.
The suspect case will also be asked about travel history and Covid-19 patient interaction (if any).
Our customer support team will reach out to you for these documents before confirming the time slot.
Why is Corona Virus Test done?
Who should be tested
Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. Here is some information that might help in making decisions about seeking testing.
i. All asymptomatic individuals who have undertaken international travel in the last 14 days:
1. They should stay in the home quarantine for 14 days.
2. They should be tested only if they become symptomatic (fever, cough, difficulty in breathing)
3. All family members living with a confirmed case should be home quarantined.
ii. All symptomatic contacts of laboratory-confirmed cases.
iii. All symptomatic health care workers.
iv. All hospitalized patients with Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (fever AND cough and/or shortness of breath).
v. Asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts of a confirmed case should be tested once between day 5 and day 14 of coming in his/her contact.
vi. Direct and high-risk contact include those who live in the same household with a confirmed case and healthcare workers who examined a confirmed case without adequate protection as per WHO.
What is UCare@Home Solution?
Our UCare@Home Solutions harnesses technology and AI to bring to you a platform for continuous 24x7 health and vitals monitoring, with regular doctor consultation, plus automatic emergency response to any deteriorating conditions – all from the comfort of your own home.
24 x 7 Remote monitoring of vitals using Dozee
Instant alert to guardian in any emergency situation
Instant access to Ambulance 24 x 7 in case of any emergency
Regular audio/video consultation with a doctor
Welcome kit that includes essential PPE and guides
Facility for COVID testing at home
Finding testing centers for Coronavirus
The government of India has set up Corona test centers across India to help you consult the doctors. So don't panic and consult the doctors if need be.
Stay safe Stay Healthy.
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Ayurveda - Boosting Immunity
Ministry of AYUSH recommends the following self-care guidelines for preventive health measures and boosting immunity with special reference to respiratory health. These are supported by Ayurvedic literature and scientific publications.
- Drink warm water throughout the day.
- Daily practice of Yogasana, Pranayama and meditation for at least 30 minutes as advised by Ministry of AYUSH
- Spices like Haldi (Turmeric), Jeera (Cumin), Dhaniya (Coriander), and Lahsun (Garlic) is recommended in cooking.
Ayurvedic Immunity Promoting Measures
- Take Chyavanprash 10gm (1tsf) in the morning. Diabetics should take sugar-free Chyavanprash
- Drink herbal tea/decoction (Kadha) made from Tulsi (Basil), Dalchini (Cinnamon), Kalimirch (Black pepper), Shunthi (Dry Ginger) and Munakka (Raisin) - once or twice a day. Add jaggery (natural sugar) and/or fresh lemon juice to your taste, if needed.
Simple Ayurvedic Procedures
- Nasal application - Apply sesame oil/coconut oil or Ghee in both the nostrils (Pratimarsh Nasya) in the morning and evening.
- Oil pulling therapy- Take 1 tablespoon sesame or coconut oil in the mouth. Do not drink, Swish in the mouth for 2 to 3 minutes and spit it off followed by a warm water rinse. This can be done once or twice a day.
- Golden Milk- Half teaspoon Haldi (turmeric) powder in 150 ml hot milk - once or twice a day.
During dry cough / sore throat
- Steam inhalation with fresh Pudina (Mint) leaves or Ajwain (Caraway seeds) can be practiced once in a day.
- Lavang (Clove) powder mixed with natural sugar/honey can be taken 2-3 times a day in case of cough or throat irritation.
- These measures generally treat normal dry cough and sore throat. However, it is best to consult doctors if these symptoms persist.
Yoga & COVID
Yoga may play significant role in the psycho-social care and rehabilitation of COVID-19 patients in quarantine and isolation. They are particularly useful in allaying their fears and anxiety.
Benifits of Kapal Bhati
The problem of heart blockage can be overcome by doing Kapalbhati daily in the morning and evening.
Keeps the mind calm. Relieves thyroid problems.
Benefits of Anulom VilomReduces stress.
Removes problems related to phlegm.
Calms the mind thus increasing concentration.
Keeps heart healthy and improves blood circulation.
Benefits of Bhastrika
Pranayama is considered good for hypertension, asthma, heart disease, TV, tumors, BP, liver cirrhosis, sinus, any kind of energy, and lungs.
By doing bhastrika, the level of oxygen in the body increases due to which cancer cells die.
Benefits of Bhramari
By doing this asana, the mind will remain calm along with relieving stress.
This pranayama can be done 3-21 times.
1. Marjari Asana (Cat Pose)
3. Trikonasana (Triangle pose)
4. Vakrasana (Half spinal twist)
5. Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)
6. Setubandhasana (Bridge pose)
7. Matsyasana (Fish pose)
Homeopathy - Boosting Immunity
The AYUSH approach to manage the outbreak broadly comprise of:
- i. Preventive and prophylactic
- i. Symptom management of COVID-19 like illnesses
- i. Add on Interventions to the conventional care
Based on potential & strength of AYUSH systems supported by evidence for promotion of immunity and help in improving the respiratory symptoms in similar diseases and as per the recommendations from the research councils under Ministry of AYUSH following system-wise approach is recommended:
Preventive and prophylactic
Arsenicum album 30, daily once in empty stomach for three days. The dose should be repeated after one month by following the same schedule till Coronavirus infections prevalent in the community.
In one of the studies Arsenic album as one of the constituents in a formulation affected HT29 cells and human macrophages. Also, it showed .j.NF-KB hyperactivity (reduced expression of reporter gene GFP in transfected HT29 cells), .J,TNF-a release in macrophages. More over Arsenic album is a common prescription in the cases of respiratory infections in day to day practice.
Symptom management of COVID-19 like illnesses
Various medicine which found to be effective in treating flu-like illness are Arsenicum album, Btyonia alba, Rhus toxico dendron, Belladonna Gelsemium Eupatoriumperfolia tum.
All these medicines should be taken in consultation with qualified physicians of respective AYUSH systems.
Add on Interventions to the conventional care
Medicine mentioned Symptom management of COVlD-19 like illnesses" under subhead Homoeopathy can also be given as add on to the conventional care. All these medicines should be taken in consultation with qualified physicians of respective AYUSH systems.
Food For Boosting Immunity
A healthy, balanced diet plays a vital role in staying well. The following foods may help to boost the immune system.
2. Dark Choclate
4. Oily fish
6. Sweet potatoes
10. Green tea
12. Sunflower seeds
14. Oranges or kiwifruit (kiwis)
15. Red bell pepper
How to Wear a Mask
This page provides advice on the use of masks in communities, during home care, and in health care settings in areas that have reported cases of COVID-19.
How to Wear Mask
Wash hands before wearing mask
Fix the metallic strip to fit to the shape of the nose
Secure the strings around your ears
Wash your hands again
Correct way to remove mask
Remove the mask from behind by holding the strings
Put the mask in the trash without touching the front
Wash your hands
COVID appropriate behaviour
As you are aware, the COVID 19 pandemic has led to unprecedented and unanticipated challenges requiring collective action and support from all.
While all necessary measures to fight the spread of Novel Corona Virus (COVID 19) are being effectively led by the Central Government and State Governments, there is a need to reinforce the importance of preventive measures and practices in a sustained manner, to deal with the disease over the long run.
Some of promises, we need to follow, as part of COVID Appropriate Behaviours
Keep the distance
Greet without physical contact
Wash your Hands more
Wear a protective mask
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
How to prevent the spread of disease?
What can I do to protect myself
Use Soap or Handwash
Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website, and through your national and local public health authority. Most countries around the world have seen cases of COVID-19 and many are experiencing outbreaks. Authorities in China and some other countries have succeeded in slowing their outbreaks. However, the situation is unpredictable so check regularly for the latest news.
You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
- Maintain at least 1 meter distance between yourself and others. Why? When someone coughs, sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person has the disease.
- Avoid going to crowded places. Why? Where people come together in crowds, you are more likely to come into close contact with someone that has COVID-19 and it is more difficult to maintain a physical distance of 1 meter.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and infect you.
- Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately and wash your hands. Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
- Stay home and self-isolate even with minor symptoms such as cough, headache, mild fever, until you recover. Have someone bring you supplies. If you need to leave your house, wear a mask to avoid infecting others. Why? Avoiding contact with others will protect them from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
- If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention, but call by telephone in advance if possible and follow the directions of your local health authority. Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.
- Keep up to date on the latest information from trusted sources, such as WHO or your local and national health authorities. Why? Local and national authorities are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.