It’s no longer news that the world is currently battling a pandemic- the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Firstly, I hope you and your families are keeping well. Like everybody else, we are following the situation with COVID-19 extremely closely.
The virus has quickly and unexpectedly taken its toll on all of us. While we practice thorough hygiene, social-distancing and self-isolation to curb the disease, as advised by the World Health Organisation; we urge you all to stay safe, stay positive, fight boredom and get into rediscovering oneself.
Let’s take you on a brief Q&A of the Coronavirus:
What does COVID-19 stand for?
In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for the disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”. There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses.
What are the symptoms of the coronavirus disease?
“The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are the recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature. If you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. Even though the common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough; some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea.
On average it takes 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days.
People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should self-isolate. If you feel sick you should rest, drink plenty of fluid, and eat nutritious food. Stay in a separate room from other family members, and use a dedicated bathroom if possible.
Seek medical attention if you have a fever, a cough, and difficulty breathing. Call ahead. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
Who is at risk for coronavirus?
The virus that causes COVID-19 infects people of all ages. However, evidence to date suggests that two groups of people are at a higher risk of getting severe COVID-19 disease. These are older people (that is people over 60 years old); and those with underlying medical conditions (such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer). The risk of severe disease gradually increases with age starting from around 40 years. It’s important that adults in this age range protect themselves and in turn protect others that may be more vulnerable.
Is coronavirus disease contagious?
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person. People are thought to be most contagious when they are symptomatic (the sickest). That is why the Health Authorities recommend that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others. More recently the virus has also been detected in asymptomatic persons.
WHO has issued advice for these two groups and for community support to ensure that they are protected from COVID-19 without being isolated, stigmatized, left in a position of increased vulnerability or unable to access basic provisions and social care. COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate symptoms.
Who should be tested for the coronavirus disease?
Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested. In the early stages of infection, it is possible the virus will not be detected. For COVID-19, a negative test result for a sample collected while a person has symptoms likely means that the COVID-19 virus is not causing their current illness.
How can you prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease?
Plan and Prepare. Frequently wash hands with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. If soap and water are not readily available to use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.
Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people. Stay home when sick.
What is the recovery time for the coronavirus disease?
Using available preliminary data, the median time from onset to clinical recovery for mild cases is approximately 2 weeks and is 3-6 weeks for patients with the severe or critical disease.
Is there a vaccine for the coronavirus disease?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease in 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
We want to say THANK YOU to the heroes and sheroes in our communities who continue to support and serve us. As we settle into a new normal, don’t forget to think of all those who are doing their part to move us forward and keep us well.
Stay healthy and safe and please do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance. Please continue to trust the experts and scientists leading the efforts to combat the spread of this virus.
We hope you’re doing well, staying safe, and that this guide helps you stay informed, take care of your neighbours, and take care of yourself.
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