What is a coronavirus?

Dear Folks,

There is a new virus outbreak called Coronavirus. The outbreak began in China on 31st December 2019 and has resulted in the death of 26 people and infected over 830 people within a short period.

First case was reported in USA on the 21st January 2020, a Chinese returning from holiday in China. Other cases have also been reported in Thailand and Japan.

Other countries are at risk especially Nigeria that has a lot of traffic to and from China due to trade relations.

Coronavirus symptoms:
Corona virus infects the respiratory system with symptoms similar to common cold which includes:runny nose, cough, sore throat, headache and fever.

For those with a weakened immune system, the elderly and the very young, there’s a chance the virus could cause a lower, and much more serious, respiratory tract illness like a pneumonia or bronchitis. There are a handful of human coronaviruses that are known to be deadly.

How does coronavirus spread:

  • Contact/inhale the infected person’s secretions when they sneeze or cough.
  • Handshake with infected persons could cause exposure.
  • Touching something an infected person has touched and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.

What do you do:
To help prevent coronavirus, do the same simple things you do to avoid common cold:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water
  • Where water is not readily available, use hand sanitizer
  • Keep your fingers away from nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are infected
  • Avoid touching of railing in public places

Simple preventive measues:

  • Drink plenty of fluids, get rest and sleep as much as possible.
  • Improvement on sanitary conditions – regular washing of hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Seek immediate medical advice/treatment, if symptoms feel worse than a standard cold
  • Contact emergency numbers circulated by country Government.

Read more on coronavirus here

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