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COVIT-19 (CoronaVirus)

COVID-19 is increasingly having an impact on the global community, and it is a rapidly evolving issue.

What is COVID-19 (Corona Virus)?

It is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms range from a mild cough to pneumonia. Some people recover easily, others may get very sick very quickly. There is evidence that it spreads from person to person. Good hygiene may prevent the spread of the virus.

The most common symptoms are fever, cough, sour throat and shortness of breath. It can be difficult to tell the difference between this virus and other common respiratory illness particularly in the early stages. If concerned, individuals should seek medical advice detailing their concerns, medical history, recent travel history, and contact with possible Covid-19 infected persons.

How unwell does COVID-19 make you?

It may range from possible asymptomatic carriage, common cold to severe cases requiring hospital admission. In a small minority of cases, COVID-19 can be fatal.

How contagious is COVID-19 and how does it spread?

Analysis suggests that it is more contagious than seasonal influenza.
It is suspected that the virus is transmitted primarily through respiratory droplets, however ongoing research suggests it may be spread by contact with recently contaminated surfaces.

What is currently known about the clinical course of infection?

The estimated incubation period is between 1-14 days. The incubation period is the time from when exposure to the virus occurs until symptoms start. Symptoms can persist for longer than three weeks, although the duration of illness will be highly variable.

How can I reduce my risk of getting COVID-19?

Hand hygiene remains the single best action individuals can take to reduce their risk of acquiring any respiratory or gastrointestinal tract infection. While COVID-19 is a global concern the number of cases of influenza globally far outweighs the number of COVID-19 as reported on the Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS). Annual influenza vaccination remains an important infection prevention measure.
You should be vigilant with frequent hand washing using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. Make sure you adhere to ‘illness etiquette’ in that if you are coughing and sneezing, do so away from people and by using containment techniques such as tissues or your elbow. If you cough or sneeze into your hands, make sure you wash your hands afterwards. Seek medical attention early if you are feeling unwell.

Everyone must practise good personal hygiene to protect against infection and prevent the virus from spreading:

Good hygiene includes:
• containing your coughs and sneezes with a tissue etc.
• disposing of tissues properly
• washing your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet
• using alcohol-based hand sanitisers
• cleaning and disinfecting surfaces
• if you are sick, avoiding contact with others and stay more than 1.5 metres away

Social distancing

One way to slow the spread of viruses is social distancing. For example:
• staying at home when you are unwell
• avoiding large public gatherings if they’re not essential
• keep a distance of 1.5 metres between you and other people
• minimising physical contact, especially with people at higher risk and people with existing health conditions

Surgical masks

Surgical masks in the community are only helpful in preventing people who have the virus from spreading it to others. If you are well, you do not need to wear a surgical mask. There is little evidence that widespread use of surgical masks in healthy people prevents transmission in public. 

COVID-19 is increasingly having an impact on the global community, and it is a rapidly evolving issue.

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