COVID-19, general health advice

COVID-19 symptoms are similar to the flu. The main symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath but it is important to know that someone can have COVID-19 without any symptoms. Testing is the only way of confirming whether someone has COVID-19. Anyone can be infected but older individuals and those with other diseases are at increased risk.

To protect yourself, it is important: 

  • To maintain a safe distance from others whenever possible (this is called “social distancing” and should be 1.5 meter distance).
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow and always throw away used tissues.
  • Avoid touching your face and wash your hands with soap and water as often as possible.
  • Surfaces should be washed frequently with a disinfectant such as bleach and water.
  • Stay at home to reduce the chances of coming into contact with others who may be infected.
  • If you have a mask, wear it whenever you leave your home.

If you have any signs, symptoms or a history of contact, do not be scared or panic. As the symptoms are similar to the common cold and flu, it is important that you visit a doctor to receive testing and treatment at a local dispensary or government hospital. There is nothing to fear when talking about your symptoms with a health professional. 

You can also call the following numbers if you think you have COVID-19 symptoms: Delhi State Helpline: 011-22307145, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s 24/7 Helpline 23978046; Toll-free 1075, WhatsApp: 919013151515, Ambulance Services 112.

 

Care and support for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in a situation of confinement

COVID-19 has families staying in close quarters for long periods of time due to the nationwide lockdown. It is normal to feel sad, worried, confused, scared or angry during a crisis. These conditions can increase sexual and physical violence occurrence due to stress and frustration in the household and community. Women, teenage girls, and children are at a much higher risk. If you, or anyone you know is experiencing violence, you can call the UKK Clinic to find out what help is available. Clinic counsellors will provide free, confidential counselling over the phone, WhatsApp, and in person for urgent cases. Medical care is also available. When unable to leave your home and community you can:

  • Identify a trusted person you can talk to and who can check in on you at a certain time every day.
  • Keep a list of important phone numbers with you at all times (UKK Clinic: +911141646622/18001021075, Police: 100, Women’s Help Line: 181, Child Abuse Help Line: 1098,).
  • Reduce arguments in your home. Practicing staying calm in tense situations by deep breathing (breathe in for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, breath out for 4 seconds, repeat for 2-3 minutes).
  • Keep a close eye on your children to protect them from harm.