COVID-19 better known as Coronavirus has been declared a world pandemic by the World Health Organization. There is no stopping for this viral virus as it has already spread over 180 countries. There are no vaccines developed yet and thousands of people all around the world are losing their precious life. This global pandemic has totally disrupt the lifestyle of people. If we look at the current global data (as this article is being written), a total of 382,677 cases has been confirmed out of which 16,580 people have lost their lives, 102,328 have recovered while 263,769 are still under medical attention. Please do not panic looking at these numbers as the fatality rate is 4.33% but we have a higher recovery rate of 26.74%. In the context of Nepal, a student who returned from France has been tested with COVID-19 positive. There may be more cases in Nepal but due to the ignorance of the people, we are unable to track most of them.
COVID-19 in Nepal
Fusemachines Nepal has developed an open-source platform that provides information and all the related data of coronavirus in Nepal. Lately, there have been numerous fake news circulating the internet. The fake news plays a vital role as it just panics people more in such a situation. Such viral fake news must be put to an end and people must be given correct data. With the aim of doing so, https:/covidnepal.org was created. Here in Nepal so far 610 cases have been tested. Out of which only three confirmed cases are recorded and one has recovered while there’s no cause of death.
For the test of COVID-19, you can get go to Sukraraj Tropical And Infectious Disease Hospital and Patan Hospital. These are open 24/7. If you have any systems like high fever, dry cough or difficulty in breathing then immediately go for check-up. The COVID-19 Nepal site also has Hospital Capacity Data. The data are organized according to the Province and respective district.
How to stay safe from Coronavirus?
Leave home only to seek medical care:
- You should restrict activities outside your residence, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transportation or taxis.
Separate yourself from other people in your house:
- Do not share your room. Stay separately from other people in the house. Use a separate bathroom as far as possible.
Do not share household items:
- Do not share your utensils, drinking glasses, cups, plates, towels, bedding or other items with other people in the house. You must wash your belongings thoroughly with soap and water after use.
Wash your hands regularly:
- Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available and if your hands are not visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with dirty hands.
Cover your mouth and nose while coughing and sneezing:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or flexed elbow while coughing or sneezing. Throw used tissues in a trash can which can be closed and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Wear a face mask:
- Wear a face mask when you are in the same room with other people or while visiting a healthcare provider. If you cannot wear a mask, the people who live with you should wear one while they are in the same room with you.
Monitor your symptoms:
- Seek immediate medical help if your illness worsens within these 14 days (e.g., difficulty in breathing, increase in body temperature more than 100.4 °Fahrenheit). Inform the health worker that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19 infection. Continue wearing a clean face mask. This will help the healthcare provider in preventing other people from getting infected.
Who to trust?
As numerous fake news has been floating around you must be aware and keep yourself quarantine in this situation. Here we have listed different sources that you can trust for the information regarding Coronavirus in Nepal as well as Global status.
- The Coronavirus App
- COVID-19 | UNICEF Nepal
- WHO Nepal | World Health Organization
- COVID-19 Nepal
- Corona Help
Global Case of COVID-19
Help from Jack Ma to Asian countries
Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba has recently said that he will be giving 1.8 million masks, 210,000 COVID-19 test kits, 36,000 pieces of protective clothing, as well as essential medical equipment and supplies that include ventilators and forehead thermometers to the Governments of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. This is indeed a great initiative to help people in such a situation.
COVID-19 Lockdown in Nepal
For the safety of the people, the Nepal Government has decided to go down a complete lockdown starting from 24th March. It will last for one whole week. Most of the services are down including flights. During this time period if you suspect any coronavirus cases we immediately suggest you inform on 1180 Kathmandu Metropolitan City toll-free number and dial 102 for ambulance service.
COVID-19 affects ISP’s in Nepal
The lockdown in Nepal has affected the ISP as well. As most of the people are in the home browsing the internet, it has caused the state of crisis. The demand and the supply status is imbalanced. We cannot even blame ISP’s for this situation as they were not prepared for this. Actually none of us were prepared for such pandemic. The huge number of people using the Internet at the same time has caused fluctuation in the bandwidth. Due to this reason, most of us are facing slow internet issue.
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