Impact of COVID-19 on our lives
The pandemic has left our lives in disarray and has changed our lives forever. It has caught us all by surprise and has changed the way we live and the things we did on a daily basis.
The lockdown made us realize the importance of actually appreciating the things and people that we take for granted, but what it has taught us all is the spirit of togetherness and giving a helping hand to others where one can. It has shown us that money and material things are not as important as human life and caring for each other in times of need, it has shown how much greatness can come from working together and what it can do for a nation and community just by giving a helping hand where it is needed.
Scientists around the world are working to find and develop treatments for COVID-19.
What can I do to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease?
Prevention is the best cure!!
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Maintain at least 3 feet distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever. Wear masks or cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Stay home and self-isolate even with minor symptoms such as cough, headache, mild fever, until you recover. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention. Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with hands; Avoid contact with sick animals or spoiled animal products.
Avoid the 3Cs: spaces that are Closed, Crowded or involve Close contact.
Outbreaks have been reported in restaurants, fitness classes, nightclubs, offices and places of worship where people have gathered, often in crowded indoor settings where they talk loudly, shout, breathe heavily or sing.
Where should I register for the vaccination? How to book a vaccination appointment on CO-WIN portal and the Aarogya Setu app
- Register on the Co-WIN Portal and schedule your vaccination appointment. https://www.cowin.gov.in/home
- A user guide to help citizens register and book their appointment has been uploaded on the websites of the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and the National Health Authority (NHA).
- Citizens can go to http://www.cowin.gov.in to register themselves or via the Aarogya Setu app, which has CO-WIN app integration.
- There is no CO-WIN app on Play Store for registration as the app is for administrators only. The registrations opened at 9 AM on March 1 and will be open till 3 PM every day. The availability of slots nearby to get vaccinated is subject to availability.
- Open Aarogya Setu or Cowin.gov.in website (link shared in pt.3).
- Enter your mobile number and click on the OTP (One Time Password). Enter the OTP received on your mobile number and click on the verify button.
- In Aarogya Setu app, go to the CoWin tab, and tap on the Vaccination tab. Tap on Proceed.
- Now, a registration page will appear where you will need to enter the photo ID type, number and your full name on it. You also need to enter the gender and age of the person. For example, you can use a Driving License, Aadhaar Card as photo ID proof.
- If the person you are registering for is a senior citizen, click on the register button. If you are registering a person with comorbidities, you have to click on yes when it asks “Do you have any comorbidities (pre-existing medical conditions)”. People in age band between 45 years to 60 years will need to carry a medical certificate when they go for the appointment. Once registered, a confirmation message will be sent to the registered mobile number.
- After the registration process, the system will display account details. One person can add four more people linked to the mobile number entered before. You can click on the ‘Add button’ and enter the details of other individuals to register for them as well.
- In front of the registered names’ account details you will see a column named “Action”. Below it, you will see a calendar icon, click on it to schedule an appointment.
- You will be taken to “Book Appointment for Vaccination” page. Now, enter details like State/UT, District, Block and Pincode. Once all these details are entered, click on the “Search” button.
- A list of vaccination centres will appear depending on your location. You can choose one of them and then see the vaccination dates available at these centres. If there are choices of slots and dates available, you can choose one at your convenience. You can also choose dates from the next week and then click on the “Book” option.
- An “Appointment Confirmation” page will open showing the details of the booking. You can either click on “Confirm” if the information is correct or click on “Back” to make some changes.
- In the end, an “Appointment Successful” page will appear showing all the details. You can download and save the confirmation of the vaccination details.
- If you want to reschedule your appointment due to some unforeseen circumstances, you can log in with your mobile number, enter OTP and make the changes by clicking on the edit icon below the ‘Action’ column against registered individuals. In case you have to move to another city, you can make changes to find the nearest vaccination centre as well.
Follow the best practices of good hygiene #StaySafe.
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. This eliminates germs including viruses that may be on your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 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.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately into a closed bin and wash your hands. By following good ‘respiratory hygiene’, you protect the people around you from viruses, which cause colds, flu and COVID-19.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently especially those which are regularly touched, such as door handles, faucets and phone screens.
Source : https://www.mohfw.gov.in/covid_vaccination/vaccination/index.html