- It’s a Pandemic (A pandemic is the worldwide spread of a new disease)
- For more in-depth information about what a pandemic is, have a look on the website of the World Health Organisation (WHO)
- There is no specific treatment or vaccine for this disease (yet!).
- When a disease is new, there is no vaccine until one is developed. It can take a number of years for a new vaccine to be developed. Because of the worlwide urgence there is hope it might be found quicker than usual, but it is still unknown if a vaccine will even be found and if it will work.
- You can catch COVID-19, no matter how sunny or hot the weather is.
- You can catch COVID-19, no matter how sunny or hot the weather is. Countries with hot weather have reported cases of COVID-19. To protect yourself, make sure you clean your hands frequently and thoroughly and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
- People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV), but the elderly and/or ill are more prone to serious complications if catching it.
- People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.
- Antibiotics do not work against viruses, they only work against bacteria.
- The new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment.
- However, if you are hospitalized for the 2019-nCoV, you may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible.
- Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity.
- The Coronavirus spreads much faster then SARS.
- For most people, the immediate risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low.
- Some people may have an increased risk for more serious complications from COVID-19 and should take measures to protect themselves.
- There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
Seek medical advice if you
- Develop symptoms
- Have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
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