Ladies, as you may have heard during the last month or so, the coronavirus pandemic is out there, and it causes havoc among us. Although, for children and young adults it is not extremely dangerous, for older persons and people with chronic diseases, the COVID-19 may be a real health risk.
And, because all mass-media and social media seems to have gone crazy these last days, with alarming news that create panic and that doesn’t fully answer all of our questions regarding the coronavirus, we wanted to offer you some official information, received from the World Health Organization, regarding COVID-19 and the measures that we must take in order to prevent it from spreading even more.
The most important thing in this situation is to keep calm, choose a reliable source of information, like the World’s Health Organization website ( www.who.int ) and the website of the local Ministry of Health in order to avoid false information or panic, and follow the hygiene measures that can keep you away from this virus, because we are talking about a real threat and no one is fully safe against it.
What is COVID-19 and what are the symptoms?
The coronavirus is an easily transmitted infectious disease among people. The most relevant symptoms are fever, tiredness and dry cough, and in some cases, it may come with other manifestations like aches, sore throat, nasal congestion or runny nose.
Try avoiding crowded places like shopping malls, supermarkets, concerts, restaurants, theatres and so on, because COVID-19 spreads extremely easy, through small droplets from the nose or mouth of the person infected, when that person coughs or exhales.
These small droplets can land on the surfaces or objects you touch, and then you can carry them from your face to your eyes, mouth or nose and get infected, or they can be inhaled by breathing next to an infected person that sneezes or coughs.
What can you do to prevent getting infected?
1. Wash your hands with water and soap as frequent as possible.
2. Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a one-time use tissue, when sneezing or coughing.
3. Stay home if feeling ill. Call your doctor and see if you need to be checked.
4. Avoid crowded places or traveling.
· 80% of the infected people recovered without any special treatment, only the remedies meant to alleviate the symptoms.
· 1 out of 6 patients develops difficulty breathing, and we are talking especially about the high-risk demographic.
· 1 in 5 people with COVID-19 needs hospital care.
· The incubation period (the time between catching the virus and experiencing specific symptoms) ranges from 1 to 14 days.
· Antibiotics do not work on coronavirus because they are meant for bacterial infections and now we are talking about a virus infection.
· Pets do not transmit the COVID-19.
· Packages from the affected areas are not contagious.
· At the moment there’s no vaccine against COVID-19, but scientists are working on it.
Keep in mind that this virus, although is mild on children and young adults, it can be really problematic for older persons like your parents, friends, neighbors or grandparents, or for people with pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease or cancer.
Keep them safe by not exposing them to the possibility of catching the virus and do your best to help them avoid crowded places, by maybe helping them with the groceries or drug store runs.
Be responsible and avoid situations that might expose you to catching the virus from dates that might have been to affected areas.
Scientist are still investigating the virus so updates can come up every day, just follow a relevant source of information (like the ones mentioned by us earlier) and ignore the alarmist news and social media posts, because they do more harm than good.
Stay safe and keep others safe around you!