• Kristel Gabuya

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COVID-19

What is COVID-19?

Covid-19 is a disease caused by a new coronavirus, which has been previously identified in humans. Coronaviruses are large family viruses found in both animals and humans.


What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

In most cases, COVID-19 causes mild symptoms including a runny nose, sore throat, cough and fever. It can be more severe for some people and can lead to pneumonia or breathing difficulties. It can also lead to death.


How does COVID-19 spread?

COVID0-19 appears to spread most easily through close contact with an infected person. When someone who has COVID-19 coughs or sneezes, small droplets are released and, if you are too close, you can breathe in the virus.


Who is most at risk?

We still need to learn more about how COVID-19 affects people. Older people, and people with other medical disease, appear to be more at risk of developing severe disease.


What is the treatment for COVID-19?

There is no current available treatment or vaccine for COVID-19. However, many of the symptoms can be treated.


What are the precautions you need to do to keep yourself COVID-19 free?


Wash your hands frequently

Wash your hands with soap and water or, if your hands are not visibly dirty, use an alcohol or hand sanitizer. This will remove the virus if it is on your hands.


Cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing

Throw away the used tissue immediately and wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol or sanitizer. This way you protect others from any virus released through coughs and sneezes.


If possible, keep a distance of 1-metre between yourself and someone who is coughing, sneezing or has a fever

COVID-19 appears to spread most easily through close contact with an infected person.


Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

Hands touch many surfaces which can be contaminated with the virus. If you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your unclean hands, you can transfer the virus from surface to yourself.


COVID-19 is considered a pandemic and the virus is spreading rapidly. What you need to do is to protect yourself and others from this virus while keeping yourself updated from the recent developments about COVID-19. Only share information from trusted and reliable sources to avoid mass panic. Be a responsible citizen.


Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

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