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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).

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019.

What are some of the symptoms associated with infection?

Coronavirus symptoms are similar to that of a common cold and include a runny nose, cough, sore throat, possibly a headache and maybe a fever, which can last for a couple of days. Patients have also experienced a mild cough for a week, a mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness followed by shortness of breath (leading to pneumonia or bronchitis)

Can you prevent infection?

The safest way to prevent yourself from contracting it or minimising the extent of the infection is to:

  • Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap
  • Cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze
  • Practice social distancing
  • Self-quarantine if you have travelled
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Boost your immune system by eating plenty of fruit and vegetables

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Myth-busters & Facts

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Facts

  1. The new coronavirus cannot be transmitted through mosquito bites
  2. Taking a hot bath does not prevent the coronavirus disease
  3. Regardless of climate the coronavirus can be transmitted in all areas including hot humid weather
  4. Cold weather and snow cannot kill coronavirus

Source: WHO https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

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