These are truly unprecedented times we are in. While it can feel scary with many factors remaining unknown, we can take comfort in educating ourselves with what we DO know.
What is COVID-19?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. Both the virus and the disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019.
What is a Coronavirus?
In short, Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses. Coronaviruses cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome SARS-CoV).
What are the COVID-19 Symptoms?
The most common symptoms are fever, tiredness and dry cough. Some report aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing any special treatment.
Who is at risk?
Older people and those with underlying health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or suppressed immune systems are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.
How can I help prevent the spread of COVID-19?
The WHO has seven recommended steps to help you understand how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These steps include:
-Frequently washing your hands
-Avoiding touching you eyes, nose and mouth
-Covering your cough using the bend of your elbow or a tissue
-Avoiding crowded places and close contact with anyone that has a fever or cough
-Staying home if you feel unwell
-If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early- but call first
-Finally, getting your information from reliable sources
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