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CORONA (COVID-19) AND WHAT YOU SHOULD DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF
COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak is growing, and scientist are still trying to understand how it spreads. Local transmission is now present in 82 countries. To date there is no vaccine against COVID-19, how the virus will affect you depends on your age, health conditions and where you live.However, there are precautions one can take to avoid or reduce the risk of contaminating yourself and/or others.
As of March 4th here are the latest details.
- Over 94,250 cases have been confirmed.
- Around 3,200 deaths recorded.
- 82 countries impacted.
- Number of cases "recovering" from symptoms over 51,000. Remainder still under observation or quarantine.
- The World Health Organization has defined the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 as a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern" but has yet to label the outbreak as a "pandemic."
As the current outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) continues to develop, below are a number of precautions you can take.
- Clean your hands regularlyy by washing with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based (60%-95%) hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid travelling unless absolutely necessary, do no travel especially with a fever or cough.
- Over age 60 should take extra precautions especially those with underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for severe disease,
- If you recently returned from an infected area and feel unwell (shortness of breath, fever and cough) stay at home.Seek medical advice over the phone and inform them of your recent travel and symptoms, wait for their instructions.
- If you cough or sneeze cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and throw out immediately.If you have no tissue cough into your elbow. Do Not cough in your hands.
- Avoid contact with sick people, within six feet of an infected person who sneezes or coughs for 10 minutes or longer.
Currently there is global support from the WHO and a preparedness and response plans set in place.There are many organizations working on a vaccine, but there is no guarantee that everyone will be able to be treated at first and if it will be affordable. The current quarantine protocols and travel restrictions in order seems to be slowing the local transmissions in certain countries in the far east according to WHO.AI technologies are being used to identify outbreaks and Robotics are deployed to ensure containment in populated areas like Hong Kong and China.Peak virus activity is said to be in late March/April and a recovery period is predicted for May. Stay informed follow your countries regulations and be in touch with your health ministries in your home country.