The COVID-19 Virus
- Name: It is a type of novel coronavirus that was discovered in 2019. That is why it is called COVID-19.
- Symptoms: It can be mild or serious. This includes a slight fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, and coughing.
- Origins: While it has been claimed that originated from Wuhan in China, it is still not fully proven as so.
- Source and cure: Coronavirus is a type of virus that is prevalent in animals. It has since spread to humans. There is still no cure or vaccine for this virus.
- Important note: COVID-19 is known to stay in the body for up to 14 days (or more) before symptoms start to show.
How is COVID-19 spread?
- Humans – The most prominent method that COVID-19 is spread is from human to human. A person who is infected by COVID-19 can easily spread to another through close proximity.
- Droplets – Small droplets from nose and mouth are the easiest way that COVID-19 can spread.
- Aerosols – This is very common in medical procedures for treating patients with COVID-19.
Precautions against COVID-19
Prevention of COVID-19 is best through the following methods:
- Minimize touching – Avoid touching surfaces with bare hands especially doorknobs (handles), lift buttons, and tabletops, among others.
- Personal hygiene – Wash hands regularly with soap or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your face.
- Face masks – Wear face masks when going outdoors and in public places.
- Social distancing – Minimize or totally avoid being in proximity to a large group of people. If needed, maintain a 1 to 2-meter distance from the next person.
- Self-quarantine – If you know you have been in contact or close proximity with anyone with COVID-19, practice self-quarantine for 14 days away from family members.
- Self-check – If you feel unwell, you should always carry out a self-check procedure at home.
Who is at risk of COVID-19?
Generally, EVERYONE is at risk! COVID-19 is not prevalent in any group at all but the elderly with existing medical conditions (like hypertension and diabetes), are at higher risk as their immune systems are weaker.