As of today, hundreds of people in the UK have tested positive for the Coronavirus. For some, the speed at which the virus appears to be spreading is concerning. However, following a number of simple measures drastically reduces the likelihood of falling ill from the Coronavirus.
What is Coronavirus?
What is commonly described as coronavirus is a new strain of the virus, COVID-19 first identified in Wuhan Province, China. Generally, symptoms of the virus such as shortness of breath, coughing, and high temperature are not fatal in themselves. Although, those with long term illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, and lung disease are particularly vulnerable may experience more severe symptoms. It is important to remember that most people who have the virus recover and are able to self-treat under isolated conditions as advised by the National Health Service (NHS).
When did the first outbreak occur?
The first outbreak of the virus in humans was reported on 31 December 2019 in Wuhan, China and has since spread to countries worldwide, most notably, Italy, Iran and South Korea. These countries are among those who have the greatest number of individuals who have tested positive for having the virus. Consequently, it is recommended individuals who have travelled to these countries within the last 14 days to self-isolate as minimise spreading the virus.
How does it spread?
The COVID-19 virus is spread by contact with droplets expelled from an individual who has the virus. Therefore, it is important to maintain distance and avoid sharing items with someone that is sick at this time.
What preventative measures can I take?
According to the NHS, the best way to minimise your risk of falling ill from Coronavirus is to wash your hands regularly with soap and water, avoid touching your face, and do what you can to maintain a healthy immune system.
There is little evidence that:
- Wearing a facial mask is of benefit to the general public
- You can catch the virus from the food
- Pets spread the disease
“I think I may have Coronavirus. What do I do?”
If you have a new persistent cough and a high fever, stay at home for 7 days and call 111 for further support with regards to how best to manage your symptoms. Wash your hands regularly and stay away from vulnerable adults.
Click here for further guidelines with regards to self-isolation: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
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