FACTS About Novel Coronavirus and How to Prevent from Infection - Must Read from DOH

We are now facing health crisis about Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 which spreading fast globally and it's deadly. What is Novel Coronavirus and where did it originates? It is the topic that we are discussing so please continue reading so that you will know the tips on how to prevent and not to get infected from Coronavirus.

These information came from Department of Health website.

What is Novel Coronavirus or Covid-19?

The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. The 2019-nCoV has caused severe pneumonia in several cases in China and has been exported to a range of countries and cities.

Last January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization recommended that the interim name of the disease causing the current outbreak should be changed to “2019 novel coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease” or 2019-nCoV ARD.

Where Covid-19 Originate?

Last 31 December 2019, a clustering of pneumonia cases of unknown etiology was reported in Wuhan, China. The outbreak was later determined to be caused by a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), a new coronavirus strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

What are the signs of coronavirus infection?

Common signs of coronavirus infection include flu-like and respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, it can cause pneumonia, acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.

How nCov-2019 transmitted?

On January 24, 2020, the World Health Organization has confirmed human-to-human transmission largely in Wuhan City, China. However, there is not enough information yet to draw a definitive conclusion about the intensity of human-to-human transmission, full clinical features, and the original source of the outbreak.

Health experts are accelerating research to study the origins of the virus and how it is spreading. The virus has been differentiated from SARS and MERS, but its contagiousness and virulence is still being studied.

What can the public do to prevent the spread of 2019-nCoV?

DOH advises the public to:

a. Practice frequent and proper handwashing - wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

b. Practice proper cough etiquette.

  • i. Cover mouth and nose using handkerchief/tissue (sleeves or crook of the elbow may also be used to cover the mouth when coughing or sneezing).

  • ii. Move away from people when coughing.)

  • iii. Do not spit.

  • iv. Throw away used tissues properly.

  • v. Always wash your hands after sneezing or coughing.

  • vi. Use alcohol/sanitizer.

c. Maintain distance at least one meter away from individual/s manifesting with flu-like symptoms.

d. Avoid unprotected contact with farm or wild animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).

e. Ensure that food is well-cooked.

f. Maintain a healthy lifestyle.

As our country officials enforces Enhance Community Quarantine or ECQ, we must follow the guidelines and WE MUST STAY AT HOME

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source: https://www.doh.gov.ph/2019-nCov/FAQs

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