COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. COVID-19 is a new disease that began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
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Spread: COVID-19 is spread from human to human when an infected person sneezes or coughs droplets that come into contact with another person.
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Can the virus be transmitted through air? No, COVID-19 is transmitted through contact with respiratory droplets from an infected person or through contact with surfaces that have been contaminated with COVID-19.
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Symptoms are fever, cough, sore throat & difficulty breathing. Some patients may feel tired, have aches & pains, nasal congestion, runny nose or diarrhea...
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Who is most at risk: Everybody is at risk but older people & those with underlying medical problems are most at risk.
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The “incubation period” means the time between catching the virus & beginning to have symptoms of the disease. Most estimates of the incubation period for COVID-19 range from 1-14 days.
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Coronavirus is highly contagious, that is why self-distancing & self-isolation of suspected cases & infected persons are being promoted as preventive measures.
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Protecting yourself: You can protect yourself by regularly washing yo hands with soap & running water. Avoid close contact with anyone who shows symptoms...
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To protect others: When coughing & sneezing cover yo mouth & nose with yo elbow or disposable tissue/handkerchief & throw the tissue in a bin after use. Wash your hands with soap & running water.
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There is no vaccine & no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-19. Those affected should receive care to relieve symptoms.
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Are antibiotics effective? Antibiotics do not work against viruses; they only work on bacterial infections. COVID-19 is caused by a virus not a bacterium.
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If you become unwell, stay at home & isolate yourself. Dont go to work or attend meetings in person, dont go 2 public places or use public transport, dont visit relatives/friends.
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For more information or to report suspected COVID-19 cases, please call Ministry of Health Toll Free lines on 0800100066 & 0800203033 or send and SMS to U-Report on 8500