Coronavirus Updates

CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS AND HOW TO KEEP SAFE

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is still an ongoing global pandemic disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus. Coronavirus was first reported in the Wuhan, China in early December 2019 which recently was declared by the World Health Organization as a global pandemic.

There is cuurently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases ~CDC

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Pneumonia
  • Difficulty breathing (severe cases)

MODE OF TRANSMISSION

The most common mode of transmission of the virus is through person to person in a way similar to influenza via droplets from coughing can land in the mouths or nose of people who are nearby or possibly inhaled into the lungs.

RECOMMENDED PREVENTIVE MEASURES

Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds expecially when you have been in public place. Use alcohol-based handsanitizers if soap and water aren’t available.Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth unwashed hands.

  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Maintaining distance from other people who are likely to have the virus.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wear face-mask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or public transport) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects people frequently touch.
  • Monitoring and isolation for about 14 days for people who are suspected to have been infected.
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and running water

What To Do if you are sick~

~ If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or Difficulty breathing, contact your healthcare provider for medical advice. As of now, there is not a specific treatment for the virus.

Few Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick:~

  • Stay home except to get medical care.
  • Separate yourself from other people close to you and animals in your home.
  • Wear face-mask if you are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean your hands more often.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.

For updates, visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC)