The world is in shock as the number of cases relating to the highly infectious COVID-19 continues to rise, even as we continue to search for a cure. We must always exercise caution, and not panic. Even this will pass, we just need to be vigilant and cautious.
Through information gotten from the World Health Organization (WHO), we would like to enlighten you on some important facts.
What is a Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses causing illness in animals or humans. This could be in the form of common cold or severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The newly discovered coronavirus is what causes the coronavirus disease COVID-19.
Is COVID-19 the same as SARS?
No, it is not. While the virus that causes COVID-19 and SARS are related genetically, they cause different diseases in humans. SARS was more deadly but much less infectious than COVID-19.
Common Myths Busted
- People of all ages can be infected by the coronavirus. Cases are just usually more severe in older people and those with existing medical conditions making them more vulnerable.
- Cold weather and snow cannot kill the coronavirus.
- The virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates. Those who believe the weather in Nigeria makes us immune, take note.
- Taking a hot bath does not prevent the virus.
- Antibiotics do not work against viruses; they only work against bacteria.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness (fatigue), and dry cough. Some may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, sore throat or diarrhea. Majority of those infected recover from the illness without requiring special treatment.
How does COVID-19 spread?
The disease spreads through droplets from the nose or mouth of an infected person being introduced into the nose, mouth, or eyes. These droplets are emitted when an infected person coughs or exhales, and can also land on objects and surfaces.
How do I protect myself?
- Wash your hands with soap and water frequently. Washing should last for 20 seconds or more.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
- Maintain 3 feet distance between yourself and anyone coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid crowded places.
- Stay at home if you feel ill and seek medical attention immediately.
Make sure to keep up to date with the news and updates on the coronavirus. Check updates at World Health Organization.
Chat with the WHO on WhatsApp at +41798931892 for more information.