Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
Most people who suffer COVID-19 Symptoms have mild to moderate s symptoms and recover without special treatment.
HOW IT SPREADS
The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted by droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or breathes out. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air and fall quickly onto floors or surfaces.
You can get infected by inhaling the virus if you are near a person who has COVID-19 Symptoms, or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Most typical COVID-19 Symptoms:
Less common symptoms:
Pain and discomfort
Loss of taste or smell
skin rash or discoloration of the fingers or toes
Protect yourself and others around you by knowing the facts and taking appropriate precautions. Follow the advice of your local health authority.
Prevent the spread of COVID-19:
Wash your hands often. Use soap and water or rub your hands with alcohol.
Keep a safe distance from coughing or sneezing people.
Wear a mask if physical distance is not possible.
Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
Cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or a handkerchief if you cough or sneeze.
Stay at home if you feel unwell.
Seek medical attention if you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing.
A phone call in advance allows your healthcare provider to quickly refer you to the right health facility. This will protect you and prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.
Masks can help prevent the transmission of the virus from the person wearing the mask to others. Masks alone do not protect against COVID-19 and should be combined with physical distancing and hand hygiene. Follow the advice of your local health department.
To this day there are no specific vaccines or drugs for COVID-19, and treatments are currently being investigated and tested through clinical trials. World Health Organization
If you feel ill, you should rest, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food. Stay in a room separate from other family members and use your own bathroom if possible. Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
Everyone should maintain a healthy lifestyle at home. Eat a healthy diet, sleep, stay active and make social contact with family members via telephone or internet. Children need extra love and attention from adults in difficult times. Stick to regular routines and schedules as much as possible.
It is normal to feel sad, stressed or confused during a crisis. It can help to talk to people you trust, such as friends and family. If you feel overwhelmed, talk to a medical professional or a counsellor.
If you have mild COVID-19 Symptoms and are otherwise healthy, isolate yourself and contact your healthcare provider or a COVID-19 information number for advice.