COVID-19 Essential Information
The outbreak and quick spread of the COVID-19 virus is causing worldwide panic and concern. It is understandable why such a threat is alarming individuals and institutions – it is another one of the tough crises we have to overcome.
Measures are being taken quickly and there are a lot of resources online on how to stay safe and prevent infection and further expansion of the disease. The World Health Organization has a descriptive guide and sources of information regarding the development of the situation – keep an eye to be informed with accurate, trustworthy information.
It is fundamental to put individualistic mindsets and impressions of “knowing better than others” behind and adhere to government regulations and medical advice – that’s the most certain way to stay safe. The faster we react and cooperate to fighting this worldwide crisis the sooner it will be over.
Here are the essential facts about the virus all of us need to be aware of.
Coronaviruses ≠ COVID-19
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses with unknown origin that emerged at the very end of December 2019. They cause respiratory infections ranging from common colds to severe complications including MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).
COVID-19 is one of the variations of the Coronavirus family. The name coronavirus comes from the crown-like spikes on the shell of the protein of the virus.
Most common symptoms of COVID-19 are: Fever, tiredness, dry cough, body ache, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, and diarrhea. Symptoms start mild and gradually increase.
Some people feel them stronger than others and in some cases it is possible to not even realize you are infected.
80% of the people recover without needing medical treatment while 1 in every 6 infected become seriously ill and develop complications like pneumonia for example. People with underlying medical problems and weak immune system are in higher risk of infection and further complications.
How does it spread?
COVID-19 can spread from person to person. Small droplets produced while coughing or exhaling can land on objects and people can get infected by touching them then touching their faces. Breathing in those droplets also causes and infection.
How likely is it to get infected?
The situation with COVID-19 is rapidly changing and evaluating the risk of getting infected is hard. Some people are more prone to show symptoms and get complications than others. Risk also varies at different locations and changes every day.
To prevent infection strictly comply with government and medical regulations, maintain personal hygiene or high level, and avoid close contact with others.
Can antibiotics or other treatment help fight COVID-19?
No, antibiotics do not work against viruses, they only affect bacterial infections. Currently there are no confirmed vaccines or any other type of treatment for fighting COVID-19. Approach it as any other sickness to relieve symptoms and increase chances of recovery.
Is receiving packages from abroad safe?
Yes, the likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is very low and if high level of hygiene is maintained there is no risk of getting infected by a package.
Can COVID-19 be spread by animals/pets?
Currently, there is no evidence that domesticated animals can transmit the COVID-19 to humans. To be sure practice increased hygiene and hand sanitation after interacting with your pet.
Possible animal sources of COVID-19 have also not been confirmed but it is advised to ensure high-level food safety practices at all times. Handle raw meat, milk, and animal produce with extreme care and avoid consuming poorly cooked foods.
The corona crisis hits marginalised communities particularly hard, deepening inequalities and threatening to set us back in our efforts to leave no one behind. Women are disproportionately exposed to the coronavirus due to a number of reasons.
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