Yet another Covid-19 case identified in KailaliThe new patient is a 65-year-old woman from Kailali who operated a tea shop in Birgunj.
A 65-year-old woman from Lamkichulha in Kailali district has tested positive for Covid-19.
According to Dr Basudev Pandey, director at the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, the National Public Health Laboratory confirmed the results of the provincial laboratory on Monday.
“Yes, a 65-year-old woman has tested positive,” Pandey told the Post. “We are working to get more details about the patient.”
This confirmation brings the total number of Covid-19 cases detected in Nepal to 13, after three cases were identified in Indian nationals living in Birgunj on Saturday.
According to the Sudurpaschim Provincial Health Directorate, the woman operated a tea shop in Birgunj and had returned to Kailali some three weeks ago. The local administration had kept her in a quarantine facility set up at the Lamki Multiple Campus, along with others who had returned from India and abroad.
Health workers suspect the woman might have been infected in quarantine.
Public health experts have warned that quarantine facilities, where people live in close proximity with each other and share many things including cigarettes, chewing tobacco and in some instances beds, could emerge as potential hotspots for the disease.
On Saturday, three Indian nationals, who were residing in a mosque in Birgunj were tested positive to the virus.
Frequently asked questions about the coronavirus outbreak
UPDATED as of June 2, 2020
What is Covid-19?
Covid-19, short for coronavirus disease, is an illness caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, short for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. Common symptoms of the disease include fever, dry cough, fatigue, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
How contagious is Covid-19?
Covid-19 can spread easily from person to person, especially in enclosed spaces. The virus can travel through the air in respiratory droplets produced when a sick person breathes, talks, coughs or sneezes. As the virus can also survive on plastic and steel surfaces for up to 72 hours and on cardboard for up to 24 hours, any contact with such surfaces can also spread the virus. Symptoms take between two to 14 days to appear, during which time the carrier is believed to be contagious.
Where did the virus come from?
The virus was first identified in Wuhan, China in late December. The coronavirus is a large family of viruses that is responsible for everything from the common cold to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). After an initial outbreak in Wuhan that spread across Hubei province, eventually infecting over 80,000 and killing more than 3,000, new infection rates in mainland China have dropped. However, the disease has since spread across the world at an alarming rate.
What is the current status of Covid-19?
The World Health Organisation has called the ongoing outbreak a “pandemic” and urged countries across the world to take precautionary measures. Covid-19 had spread to 213 countries and infected more than 6,321,836 people with 375,657 deaths. In South Asia, India has reported the highest number of infections at 198,140 with 5,608 deaths. While Pakistan has reported 72,460 confirmed cases with 1,543 deaths. Nepal has so far reported 1,811 cases with eight deaths.
How dangerous is the disease?
The mortality rate for Covid-19 is estimated to be 3.6 percent, but new studies have put the rate slightly higher at 5.7 percent. Although Covid-19 is not too dangerous to young healthy people, older individuals and those with immune-compromised systems are at greater risk of death. People with chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease, or those who’ve recently undergone serious medical procedures, are also at risk.
How do I keep myself safe?
The WHO advises that the most important thing you can do is wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizers with at least 60 percent alcohol content. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unclean hands. Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces like your computers and phones. Avoid large crowds of people. Seek medical attention if symptoms persist for longer than a few days.
Is it time to panic?
No. The government has imposed a lockdown to limit the spread of the virus. There is no need to begin stockpiling food, cooking gas or hand sanitizers. However, it is always prudent to take sensible precautions like the ones identified above.