- 0.1 What is coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?
- 0.2 What are the symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?
- 0.3 What are the routes of transmission for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?
- 0.4 Is there any treatment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?
- 0.5 How can I protect myself from coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?
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The coronavirus, now commonly known as COVID-19, the disease appears to have originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan but it has spread and now being diagnosed in other parts of the world.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from one person to another person. (COVID-19) is a disease caused by a new strain of coronaviruses that has not been previously identified in humans.
People who have been diagnosed of coronavirus disease have reported symptoms that may appear in as few as 2days or as long as 14days after exposure to the virus and the symptoms may include:
Difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath.
The main route of transmission of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is transmission via respiratory droplets and contact including:
Inhalation of respiratory droplets from infected patients or virus carriers when they cough or sneeze.
Conjunctiva, nasal mucous contaminated with the sputum, blood, vomit, body fluids and secretions of infected patients or virus carrier.
Hands contaminated with the sputum, blood, vomit, body fluids secretions of infected patients or virus carriers, or hands touching the mouth, eyes, nose after touching the articles and appliances contaminated by the secretion.
There is no specific antiviral treatment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). People with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.
The steps or preventive measures you can take to prevent spread include:
Washing hand often with soap and water or with alcohol based hand sanitizer.
Avoid contact with people who are sick.
Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
Samuel Aluh received his Bachelor of Science degree from Osun State University Osogbo Osun State (UNIOSUN). He is presently undergoing a postgraduate study in Public health and Parasitology at the University of Nigeria. He also has professional certification in project management as well as in health safety and environment.
He is a young, vibrant and intelligent individual with a great passion for public health, Neglected Tropical Disease (NTDs) and infectious disease.