Everything you need to know about Corona Virus (COVID-19)


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What is Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

How it spreads?

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Prevention & Treatment

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.However, as a reminder, The preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

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In case of already affected

If you test positive for COVID-19, or were exposed to someone with COVID-19, you can help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others. Please follow the guidelines below:
- Isolate yourself from people and animals in your home.
- Get medical help quickly if your symptoms get worse (if you have breathing trouble, etc).
- Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
- Call your nearest COVID-19 testing centre.

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