So we have this Coronavirus pandemic that is rampaging the whole world that continues to spread. Check out live tracking of the virus.
With hundreds of thousands infected worldwide and thousands dead. What do you know about it?
- It is a pandemic that started in Wuhan, China and spread around the world.
- It affects the lungs and airways
- The incubation period between 1 to 14days
- Warning signs include: FEVER, COUGH, SHORTNESS OF BREATH
- It is especially dangerous to older adults, people with weak immune system, pregnant women*
- If you think you have it you are not allowed to go to the GP not hospital.
- There are no test kits handed down in the UK, however, you will be asked to go to a testing centre.
How is the virus spread?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads from person to person in close proximity, similar to other respiratory illnesses, such as the flu.
Droplets of bodily fluids – such as saliva or mucus – from an infected person are dispersed in the air or on surfaces by coughing or sneezing. These droplets can come into direct contact with other people or can infect those who pick them up by touching infected surfaces and then their face.
According to scientists, coughs and sneezes can travel several feet and stay suspended in the air for up to 10 minutes.
What to do?
NHS UK recommends the following…
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
- only travel on public transport if you need to
- work from home, if you can
- avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
- avoid events with large groups of people
While scientists doubt the effectiveness of using face masks, it is still a form of protection when faced with ill-educated individuals who just sneeze and cough without covering their mouth and noses.
*Info from the NHS website