A new infectious disease known as the Coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, is caused by a newly discovered strain of coronavirus. Most likely, the COVID-19 began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. It is a communicable disease as it can be transmitted from one person to another. The people who got infected with the COVID-19 virus would experience mild to moderate illness, one of the worst things that could happen is having a serious illness such as pneumonia. The symptoms of COVID-19 may appear between 2 – 14 days after exposure. However, there are people that are infected with the COVID-19 and may not experience the symptoms, the COVID-19 can still be transmitted through.
Because of the COVID-19, countries all over the world implemented national quarantine as a measure to slow down the spread of the virus and lessen the chance of people getting infected. Social distancing is also being advised; it can limit human contact that would reduce the chance of getting transmitted with the COVID-19.
Who are particularly vulnerable to the COVID-19?
The people that are most at risk of developing severe illness are older people aged 65 and older and those who have underlying medical issues such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension -- it’s hard for their body to fight off the diseases and infection because of the weak immune system.
How do we protect ourselves from the COVID-19?
- Remember to wash your hands as often as possible with soap. Soap is an effective way to kill the COVID-19 virus. In order to do so, we have to wash our hands properly.
- Don’t touch your face! If you happen to touch your face without washing your hands, and unknowingly you had touched infected surfaces, there’s a risk of getting infected with the virus. So, avoid touching your face.
- Practice Social Distancing. Keep at least 1meter distance to avoid being in contact with a person who might be infected with the COVID-19. You can avoid breathing the tiny liquid droplets from when a person sneezes or coughs by being at a safe distance from them.
- Stay at HOME. Being at home would keep you away from people who are possibly infected with COVID-19.
- If you are going to cough, do it into your elbow. Coughing into your elbow can help you avoid spreading tiny liquid droplets, this is to avoid spreading the COVID-19.
What are the typical symptoms if a person is infected with the COVID-19?
- Dry Cough
- Shortness of breath
In some patients, this can develop into pneumonia.
COVID-19 infection DOES NOT USUALLY cause (These symptoms have been observed only to the 5% of the patients):
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
Usually, these are the symptoms of Cold.
Currently, there are no vaccines for COVID-19. However, just recently, the trial of Avigan that could potentially treat the coronavirus symptoms has started in Japan. There were also some improvements in the coronavirus patients who took Avigan in clinical trials, according to Chinese researchers.
What should we do if we get sick?
It is recommended that you should stay at your home to avoid spreading the virus unless you need immediate medical care. Do not go to public places. If your symptoms are severe, you should call the doctor’s office before going there. You should also follow all instructions given to you by your health care provider. In addition, practicing hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette would help, such as washing your hands, wearing masks, and coughing and/or sneezing into your elbow.
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Here are some of the reliable sources of information:
Administration for Community Living: acl.gov/COVID-19
United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: coronavirus.gov
World Health Organization: who.int