I have witnessed a sea of misinformation about the COVID-19 virus, and such information is in the form of videos, lectures, articles etc. And such stories are becoming a huge problem in tackling the spread of infection, which directly impacts the lives of people by making the situation on the ground worse. Therefore, please understand that the coronavirus is not fake, it is a deadly virus that infects and often kills. It was reported in December 2019 in a city known as Wuhan, China. And yes, the source of the virus is still debated, and a popular hypothesis has associated its origin to a seafood market in Wuhan, China. But there is absolutely no confusion about the existence of the COVID-19 virus. It is a real virus. Scientists have taken pictures of it if you want to see one!
A virus is an infectious agent that is dead outside a host cell. And when it enters an organism (e.g. humans) it hijacks the cell’s machinery by first breaking through the cell wall to penetrate the cell and then it actively replicates. Now the host cell follows the orders from the virus and replicates until it totally destroys organs, and ultimately an organism. So, a typical virus takes full advantage of your weakness, which is usually in our immune system and allows it to break through the otherwise very protective cell membrane. And that is the reason why sick and elder people are more prone to such diseases. So, this tells us that to overcome a virus attack we ought to have a strong immune system, and for that a healthy, and nutritious life is important. If you are not taking care of your diet and health you must work on it now.
Therefore, it is my sincere request to please follow the proper guidelines regarding the COVID-19 and remains isolated from the virus. We ought to get vaccinated now, all of us. So, please go and vaccinate yourself. It will bring only harm if we wait or delay it.
Dr Afroz Shah
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