10 Mar Stay Healthy, Be Considerate
CORONA VIRUS – ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW!
What is the Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a large group of viruses that are common among animals. In rare cases, they are what scientists call zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans. The viruses can make people sick, usually with a mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness, similar to a common cold.
How does it spread?
Since coronaviruses can be extremely contagious and spread easily from person to person, medical diagnosis is required.
Transmission routes include:
- The air by coughing and sneezing,
- Close personal contact such as touching or shaking hands,
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth nose or eyes before washing your hands.
Which symptoms do you need to look out for?
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Difficulty breathing
For those with a weakened immune system such as, the elderly and the very young there’s a chance the virus could cause a lower and much more serious respiratory tract illness like pneumonia or bronchitis and can appear 2-14 days after exposure.
There are currently no vaccines available to protect you against human coronavirus infection, transmission is reduced through:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water or use a sanitiser gel
- Avoiding touching your eyes nose or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
- Throw away used tissues then wash hands
- Catch coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues
- If you don’t have a tissues use your sleeve
- Avoid shaking hands to prevent the spread of germs
If you are mildly sick keep yourself hydrated, stay at home and rest or if you are concerned about your symptoms you should see your health care provider.
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