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Coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause a range of illnesses from the common cold to severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

In December 2019, a new kind of coronavirus, 2019-nCov, was identified as the cause of various cases of pneumonia in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. It has become a concern because the origin and the exact conditions of its spreading are still not known.

The main symptoms of coronavirus resemble those of a bad cold or the flu, which can make detection difficult. They include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

More severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. The incubation period is believed to be around two weeks.

 

FACTS

The virus was first identified in a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. Cases have been identified in several cities of China

Confirmed cases have also been identified in a few other countries, including Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, France, Singapore, Australia, Japan, South Korea, the United States, Nepal, Malaysia. More cases may appear in more countries in the future.

Four cases declared in the UAE

 

WAYS TO PROTECT

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough;
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider;
  • When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals;
  • The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.

HOW TO MANAGE?

  • If you show any symptoms, especially after having travelled to an affected area, or if you have close physical contact with any individual who has travelled to the affected area, please seek medical attention immediately and mention your recent travels to your doctor
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or consider using a face mask
  • Remain at home if possible
  • More severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. The incubation period is believed to be around two weeks.be around 

The content in this article has been sourced through the WHO website. The contents is available online.