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Please read the following points below to understand the Coronavirus and how to defeat it:

What is it?

COVID-19 (a Coronaviruses) is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. In humans, it can cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe infection leading to death.

Symptoms?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

How it Spreads?

The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 2 meter (6 feet) away from a person who is sick.

Protection?

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.  To disinfect, use 1/3 cup bleach per gallon of water (caution: DO NOT mix with ammonia), or to disinfect you can use at least a 70% alcohol solution or an EPA-registered household disinfectant

Maintain at least 2 meters (6 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention.

Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 data to understand where it is spreading. If possible, avoid traveling to places – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease.

Wear a Mask?

Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.  The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.  Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under the age 2, or anyone who has trouble breathing. Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.

Only wear a mask if you are ill with COVID-19 symptoms (especially coughing) or looking after someone who may have COVID-19. Disposable face mask can only be used once.

Incubation Period?

Most estimates of the incubation period for COVID-19 range from 1-14 days. Most commonly, people develop symptoms about 5 days after catching the virus.

Catch from a Pet?

There is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19. 

How Long it Survives?

Studies suggest that coronaviruses may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. It depends on the temperature and humidity of the environment. Clean all surfaces you may come in contact with at home or work with an alcohol-based disinfectant.

Safe to Receive Package?

The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.