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Coronavirus and Your Health - a note from Praava Health


As a part of the Praava family, your health is our top priority. We recognize there is continuing concern around coronavirus and that you likely have many questions. 

Our medical team is sharing what we know about coronavirus, prevention tips, and ways to best stay healthy. 

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new strain of virus in the coronavirus family. Coronaviruses are not new; they are a family of viruses that have infected animals and humans leading to a wide range of respiratory conditions, from simple cold-like illnesses to more severe respiratory infections.

Where do I go for more information?

IEDCR, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) are all providing updates regularly. 

We are also monitoring the situation closely and will continue to keep you informed.

To learn information about coronavirus, please do not trust all the information you are finding on the internet. Please refer to the WHO and CDC only for the latest up to date information on what we know about the virus.

Is there Coronavirus in Bangladesh?

Today, Bangladesh reported its first three incidents of coronavirus. Especially since Bangladesh has at least 10 million workers living abroad, there is a risk that people coming back from abroad could carry the virus. 

The government’s Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) recommends avoiding travel to countries that have known cases of the virus. IEDCR is requiring that all people who return from foreign countries remain in quarantine for at least 14 days, which is the amount of time it can take for the virus to show symptoms. 

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?

Coronavirus symptoms are similar to a cold or flu. Symptoms may appear as soon as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Symptoms which have been seen in confirmed cases include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

How do I prevent illness?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. You can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, to protect yourself, co-workers and others you're in contact with.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or into your elbow, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Keep your immune system strong. This includes getting a flu shot to help you from getting the flu, getting enough sleep, and eating well.
  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

What do I do if I feel sick?

If you are feeling sick or think you may be at risk for the coronavirus, you are not alone. You can call Praava Health through our short code 10648 or message us on WhatsApp at +880188655520. We can help you determine whether testing is needed. 

If you have an upcoming visit with a Praava Health doctor and are feeling sick or want to avoid public spaces, you can always change your appointment to a call.

You can also contact the IEDCR directly through their hotlines: 01937000011, 01937110011, 01927711784, 01927711785.

How does Coronavirus spread? 

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person via coughing or sneezing. Because of this, it spreads easiest between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 2 metres). 

It may be possible for a person to become infected by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes. Contact with fecal matter from an infected person may also transmit the virus.

Should I wear a mask?

If you’re not already sick and you’re not a health-care worker, you do not need to wear a mask. Common surgical masks keep someone who is infected with the virus from spreading it to others, but do not prevent what’s already in the air from reaching a healthy person. Following the instructions above is a better way to prevent illness. 

Thank you for trusting us with your healthcare.

 

In good health,

The Praava Health Team