There is a spread of a new coronavirus that is wreaking havoc in Wuhan City, located in China’s Hubei Province. The virus outbreak started in early December 2019 and has continued to spread. The people who were the first to become infected were linked to the South China Wholesale Seafood Market, which has been closed since then.
Thousands of cases have been reported by health officials in China. There are also cases that have been identified in other countries, mostly spread by people traveling outside of China, including the Chinese or people returning from China to their respective countries. The virus can spread from one person to another through contact or even by being close to the infected person.
More than 20 countries have reported cases, including Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, Germany, Vietnam, Australia, France, the United States, India, the United Kingdom, etc. and many other countries Screening Centers have been established for people coming from China.
This is a large family of viruses that are collectively known as the coronavirus. Most of the known symptoms of coronavirus only have simple effects in people, such as transmitting a mild respiratory disease such as the common cold, but there have been two cases of coronavirus that have shown massive effects in those infected who are Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS ) coronavirus and coronavirus of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
Fever, cough, and shortness of breath are some of the signs and symptoms that have been observed in infected people. Some of the patients have also reported having a sore throat. There has been speculation about the serious potential of novel coronavirus disease, although these claims are not supported by adequate evidence. People with chronic diseases and elderly patients may have a greater chance of having serious illness as a result of this virus.
According to the WHO, people who live or travel in the area where the virus prevails have a high risk of infection. Currently, the virus is only present in China and all non-residents of China who have been infected have traveled to China recently and have been in contact with infected people who are from China.
So, according to the WHO, the risk for people who do not live in China is very low, as long as they do not come into contact with one of the Chinese non-residents who are infected. Furthermore, the WHO states that simple disinfectants can easily remove the virus if it is present on a surface and also the survival time of the virus on any surface is quite low.
Basic protection measures against the new coronavirus.
Be aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. COVID-19 still mainly affects people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Most infected people experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:
Wash your hands frequently
Clean your hands regularly and thoroughly with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wash with soap and water.
Washing your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain social distancing.
Keep at least 1 meter (3 feet) away from you and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small drops of liquid from their nose or mouth that may contain viruses. If you are too close, you can breathe in the drops, including the COVID-19 virus, if the coughing person has the disease.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
The hands touch many surfaces and can detect viruses. Once contaminated, the hands can transfer the virus to the eyes, nose, or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure that you and those around you follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or handkerchief when you cough or sneeze. Then discard the used tissue immediately.
The drops spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect people around you from viruses like the cold, flu, and COVID-19.
If you have a fever, cough, and shortness of breath, seek medical attention early.
Stay home if you don’t feel well. If you have a fever, cough, and shortness of breath, seek medical attention and call ahead. Follow the instructions of your local health authority.
National and local authorities will have the most current information on the situation in your area. Calling ahead will allow your healthcare provider to quickly direct you to the right health center. This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.
Stay informed and follow your healthcare provider’s advice.
Stay up-to-date on the latest developments on COVID-19. Follow the advice given by your healthcare provider, your local and national public health authority, or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
National and local authorities will have the most up-to-date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are better placed to advise on what people in their area should do to protect themselves.