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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)


Coronavirus (COVID-19) is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and is the most prevalent infectious disease.

Most people infected will endure mild to moderate respiratory illness. These people recover without requiring special treatment. However, some will become serious and need medical care. People with underlying medical ailments like heart problems, diabetes, respiratory diseases are more likely to contract serious illnesses. No one is safe from Covid-19; anyone can become grievously ill or die at any age.


COVID-19 affects varied people in various ways. The most common symptoms are:

  • fever
  • cough
  • tiredness
  • loss of taste or smell

Less common symptoms:

  • sore throat
  • headache
  • aches and pains
  • diarrhea
  • rashes on the skin
  • discoloration of fingers/toes
  • red or irritated eyes

Serious symptoms:

  • difficulty in breathing
  • loss of speech or mobility
  • confusion
  • chest pain

It is important to seek immediate medical attention if you have acute symptoms. People with no severe symptoms can manage their symptoms at home.

It takes 5 to 6 days, maximum of 14 days, for symptoms to appear when infected.


The safest way to limit and slow down transmission is to familiarise yourself with the Coronavirus and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from the virus by staying at least 1 meter apart from people, wearing a properly fitted mask, washing your hands, and using an alcohol-based sanitizer frequently. Get vaccinated when it’s your turn.

The virus can spread from an infected person’s nose or mouth when they cough, sneeze, talk, sing or breathe. It is essential to follow respiratory etiquette like coughing into a flexed elbow and staying at home if you feel unwell, self-isolate until you recover.

Fact Sheet

Numbers: India has one of the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world.

PGC Resolution: PGC has started a Covid-19 relief fund and launched the first campaign in India with the help of Milaap. We collaborate with other organizations towards the well-being of our nation. We are supporting the affected families - medically, financially and emotionally.