KARE COVID19 Response Basic Info
Kumaraguru Action for Relief and Empowerment (KARE) was founded in the year 2015 – November during the Chennai floods. Over the years, KARE has been doing unparalleled work and had played pivotal roles in numerous relief activities by supporting the victims of natural disasters such as floods, cyclones and other calamities, notably during Kerala floods & Gaja Cyclone in Tamilnadu in the year 2018. This is a volunteer movement of Kumaraguru Institutions where many people from different walks of lives join hands when the need arises.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a recent strain in the Coronavirus family which includes SARS (2002 – China) and MERS (2012 – Middle East) and is known to cause respiratory infections and diseases in humans. COVID-19 stands for CO -Corona, VI – Virus, D – Disease & 19 – 2019 (Year of Discovery).
What are the symptoms?
The median incubation period of the virus is 5 days, with all symptoms appearing by 11.5 days in about 97.5% COVID positive cases. 14 days quarantine is recommended (based on severe cases only).
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:
• Breathing difficulties
• Dry Cough
Source: NHS Foundation Trust, CNET, WHO
How does it spread?
The COVID-19 spreads through:
• Direct contact with respiratory droplets of an infected person.
• Touching virus-contaminated materials used by the infected person.
• The COVIID-19 virus is expected to survive in different mediums as
One should note that the milk packets (made from plastic) have the potential for being carriers of COVID-19. We suggest emptying the milk into a glass container, disposing of the packet safely and washing the hands after handling such packets.
Source: NHS Foundation Trust, WHO
Helpline numbers to reach out in case of symptoms:
• Central Helpline Number for Coronavirus: +91-11-23978046
• For State & Union Territories refer:
What is the current status of COVID -19 globally and in India?
COVID19 Situation Dashboard by World Health Organization (WHO)
COVID19 cases by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW)
(as on 04/04/2020)
COVID-19 related mortality (per million people) in Countries with 10+ deaths, and the population
What are the preventive measures & practices to be followed?
• Stay at Home.
• The use of a medical mask is advised if you have respiratory
• Maintain at least 1-meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and
anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
• Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you
cough or sneeze.
• Avoid travelling to places especially if you are an older person or
have diabetes, heart or lung disease.
• Boost your immunity by taking Vitamin C rich diet.
What Union & State Governments are doing to tackle Coronavirus?
• 21-day lockdown to mandate social distancing in the public sphere.
• Rs.1.70 crore relief package under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan
Yojana which includes :
• Rs.50 lakh insurance cover for health workers battling COVID -19.
• Wages increased under the MGNREGA.
• Frontloading (preponing) payments to 8.7 crore farmers under the
• Doubling food grains and cereals entitlement to 80 crore families
through PDS etc.,.
• Support measures to Divyang, Self Help Groups and SMEs.
• State Governments to augment health facilities using District Mineral
• PSUs including BEL to supply 40000 ventilators to double capacity.
• Cash transfers in addition to what is offered by the Union
• Governments of Tamil Nadu & Kerala have announced delivery of
prepared meals from state canteens and community kitchens to
• Government of Kerala has launched a direct application platform to
provide authentic information in multiple languages including Tamil,
Source: THE HINDU PIB, Dvara Trust, Gov of Kerala
COVID-19 Myths vs Facts
|Hot climate stops the spread of COVID-19.||The COVID-19 can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates.|
|COVID-19 can spread through meat consumption.||(FSSAI), India has stated that the disease does not spread through chicken, mutton or fish.|
|COVID-19 can spread through mosquitoes.||COVID-19 cannot be transmitted through mosquitoes.|
|Coronavirus can be killed by drinking hot water every 15 minutes.||UNESCO has categorically denied this claim.|
Source: National Portal of India
Have vaccines been developed to treat Coronavirus?
Not yet. WHO is coordinating efforts to develop vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat COVID-19. Some possible vaccines and drug combinations are under testing & investigation by WHO team, as part of it’s ‘Solidarity’ trials, in which India is set to be a part of. The various combinations include :
- Remdesivir – Originally developed for Ebola, another zoonotic disease.
- Chloroquine & Hydroxychloroquine – Anti-malarial drug, recently made prescription-only Schedule 1 drug by the Government of India.
- Ritonavir / Lopinavir & Ritonavir / Lopinavir with Interferon Beta – Anti HIV & tested effective against MERS coronavirus.
Source: Science Mag, THE HINDU, WHO