Coronavirus (COVID-19) India & WHO Helpline Numbers. Test Centers & FAQs

What is a coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19. COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

Novel Coronavirus India & WHO Helpline Numbers

  • INDIA: The Helpline Number for corona-virus: +91-11-23978046 Toll-Free No: 1075
  • Ministry of Health & Family Welfare official website: www.mohfw.gov.in
  • Central Helpline Email: ncov2019@gmail.com

WHO (World Health Organization) Numbers

  • World Health Organization Official website: www.who.int
  • WHO-World Health Organization Whatsapp Number is +41 798931892

Save the above WhatsApp number on your mobile and send a message with “hi”.

The service will provide you with the latest information and guidance from WHO on the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported on 31st December 2019.

All India Statewise Helpline Numbers

Sr.No State Helpline Number
1 Andhra Pradesh 0866-2410978
2 Arunachal Pradesh 9536055743
3 Assam 6913347770
4 Bihar 104
5 Chhattisgarh 077122-35091
6 Goa 104
7 Gujarat 104
8 Haryana 8558893911
9 Himachal Pradesh 104
10 Jharkhand 104
11 Karnataka 104
12 Kerala 0471-2552056
13 Madhya Pradesh 0755-2527177
14 Maharashtra 020-26127394
15 Manipur 3852411668
16 Meghalaya 9366090748
17 Mizoram 102
18 Nagaland 7005539653
19 Odisha 9439994859
20 Punjab 104
21 Rajasthan 0141-2225624
22 Sikkim 104
23 Tamil Nadu 044-29510500
24 Telangana 104
25 Tripura 0381-2315879
26 Uttarakhand 104
27 Uttar Pradesh 18001805145
28 West Bengal 3323412600
Sr.No Union Territory Helpline Number
1 Andaman and Nicobar Islands 03192-232102
2 Chandigarh 9779558282
3 Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu 104
4 Delhi 011-22307145
5 Jammu & Kashmir 1912520982  |  0194-2440283
6 Ladakh 1982256462
7 Lakshadweep 4896263742
8 Puducherry 104

COVID-19 Test Centers in India

Andhra Pradesh

  • Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences in Tirupati
  • GMC, Anantapur
  • Siddhartha Medical College, Vijayawada
  • Ranagaraya Medical College, Kakinada

Andaman and Nicobar

  • Regional Medical Research Centre, Port Blair

Assam

  • Gauhati Medical College, Guwahati
  • Regional Medical Research Centre, Dibrugarh
  • Silchar Medical College, Silchar
  • Jorhat Medical College, Jorhat

Bihar

  • Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna

Chandigarh

  • Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research

Chhattisgarh

  • AIIMS, Raipur

Delhi

  • AIIMS

Gujarat

  • BJ Medical College, Ahmedabad
  • M P Shah Government Medical College, Jamnagar

Haryana

  • Pt B D Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak
  • BPS Government Medical College, Sonipat

Himachal Pradesh

  • Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla
  • Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Kangra, Tanda

Jammu-Kashmir

  • Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar
  • Government Medical College, Jammu
  • Government Medical College, Srinagar
Jharkhand
  • MGM Medical College, Jamshedpur

Karnataka

  • Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute, Bengaluru
  • National Institute of Virology Field Unit, Bengaluru
  • Mysore Medical College & Research Institute, Mysore
  • Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences, Hassan
  • Shimoga Institute of Medical Sciences, Shivamoga

Kerala

  • National Institute of Virology Field, Kerala Unit
  • Government Medical College, Thriuvananthapuram
  • Government Medical College, Kozhikhode
  • Government Medical College, Thrissur

Madhya Pradesh

  • AIIMS, Bhopal
  • National Institute of Research in Tribal Health (NIRTH), Jabalpur

Maharashtra

  • Indira Gandhi Government Medical College, Nagpur
  • Kasturba Hospital for Infectious Diseases, Mumbai
  • NIV Mumbai Unit

Manipur

  • JN Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital, Imphal
  • Regional Institute of Medical Science, Imphal

Meghalaya

  • North Eastern Indira Gandhi Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, Shillong

Odisha

  • Regional Medical Research Centre, Bhubaneswar

Puducherry

  • Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Puducherry

Punjab

  • Government Medical College, Patiala
  • Government Medical College, Amritsar

Rajasthan

  • Sawai Man Singh Hospital, Jaipur
  • Dr S N Medical College, Jodhpur
  • Jhalawar Medical College, Jhalawar
  • SP Medical College, Bikaner
  • RNT Medical College, Udaipur

Tamil Nadu

  • King’s Institute of Preventive Medicine & Research, Chennai
  • Government Medical College, Theni
  • Tirunelveli Medical College, Tirunelveli
  • Government Medical College, Thiruvarur

Telangana

  • Gandhi Medical College, Secunderabad
  • Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad

Tripura

  • Government Medical College, Agartala

Uttar Pradesh

  • King George Medical University, Lucknow
  • Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh

Uttarakhand

  • Government Medical College, Haldwani

West Bengal

  • National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, Kolkata
  • IPGMER, Kolkata

Sources: Indian Council of Medical Research

WHO Myth-busters (Coronavirus Facts)

There is a lot of false information around. These are the facts.

? People of all ages CAN be infected by a coronavirus. Older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.

❄ Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the coronavirus.

☀ The coronavirus CAN be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates

? The coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites.

? There is NO evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can transmit the coronavirus.

? Taking a hot bath DOES NOT prevent the coronavirus

? Hand dryers are NOT effective in killing the coronavirus

? Ultraviolet light SHOULD NOT be used for sterilization and can cause skin irritation

? Thermal scanners CAN detect if people have a fever but CANNOT detect whether or not someone has the coronavirus

? Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body WILL NOT kill viruses that have already entered your body

? Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine, DO NOT provide protection against the coronavirus.

? There is NO evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the coronavirus.

? Garlic is healthy but there is NO evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the coronavirus.

? Antibiotics DO NOT work against viruses, antibiotics only work against bacteria.

? To date, there is NO specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the coronavirus.

Check the facts on the WHO website: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

How to Protect yourself from Coronavirus

? Wash your hands frequently

? Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose

? Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze

? Avoid crowded places

?Stay at home if you feel unwell – even with a slight fever and cough

? If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early – but call by phone first

ℹ Stay aware of the latest information from WHO

Travel Advice

WHO continues to advise against the application of travel or trade restrictions to countries experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks.

It is prudent for travellers who are sick to delay or avoid travel to affected areas, in particular for elderly travellers and people with chronic diseases or underlying health conditions. “Affected areas” are considered those countries, provinces, territories or cities experiencing ongoing transmission of COVID-19, in contrast to areas reporting only imported cases.

General recommendations for all travellers include:

? Wash your hands frequently

? Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose

? Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze

↔ Stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick

? Follow proper food hygiene practices

? Only wear a mask if you are ill with COVID-19 symptoms (especially coughing) or looking after someone who may have COVID-19.

Travellers returning from affected areas should:

? Self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days and follow national protocols of receiving countries. Some countries may require returning travellers to enter quarantine.

? If symptoms occur, such as fever, or cough or difficulty breathing, travellers are advised to contact local health care providers, preferably by phone, and inform them of their symptoms and their travel history.

For the latest travel advice:
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/travel-advice

For the latest situation reports for affected areas:
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports/

For advice on proper food hygiene practices:
https://www.who.int/foodsafety/publications/consumer/en/5keys_en.pdf?ua=1&ua=1

For advice on visiting live animal markets:
https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus/who-recommendations-to-reduce-risk-of-transmission-of-emerging-pathogens-from-animals-to-humans-in-live-animal-markets

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:
? fever
? tiredness
? dry cough

Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea.

These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing.

Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

How does COVID-19 spread?

? People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus.

? The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales.

? These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person.

? Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

↔ People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.

WHO is assessing ongoing research on the ways COVID-19 is spread and will continue to share updated findings.

Can the virus that causes COVID-19 be transmitted through the air?
Studies to date suggest that the virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through contact with respiratory droplets rather than through the air.

Can COVID-19 be caught from a person who has no symptoms?
The main way the disease spreads is through respiratory droplets expelled by someone who is coughing. The risk of catching COVID-19 from someone with no symptoms at all is very low. However, many people with COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms. This is particularly true at the early stages of the disease. It is, therefore, possible to catch COVID-19 from someone who has, for example, just a mild cough and does not feel ill.

Janata Curfew by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Addressing the Nation, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi asked the people to take precautionary measures and be serious before its get too late and declared the whole country Janata Curfew on 22 March, Sunday. The curfew will remain applicable from 7 am to 9 pm on Sunday.

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