There’s certainly a lot of information and also myths out there regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) at the moment. Although medical professionals haven’t yet found a cure or created a vaccine at the time of writing, there are some things that we do know.
What is coronavirus?
Coronavirus refers to a large group of viruses that vary in seriousness i.e.g common cold to SARS and MERS. Coronaviruses can be transferred between animals and humans. It likely originated within the “wet markets” in Wuhan China. Where large collections of wild animals are kept, killed and sold to members of the public for food.
How is it spread?
It can be spread by breathing the same air or coming into contact as someone else who is carrying the virus. Also touching your eyes, nose and mouth with hands that have came into contact with the virus. Someone can carry and pass on the virus without showing any symptoms. This is because the virus is still highly infectious even during it’s incubation period.
What are the symptoms?
Coughing, sneezing, fever, aches and pains. Symptoms aren’t always obvious and some people will have mild forms whereas others will be more serious and may require hospitalisation.
What can I do to protect myself and loved ones?
Regular handwashing for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitiser gel if unable, coughing/sneezing into tissues or your elbow if no other option. Work from home if possible and avoid gathering in large crowds if it isn’t completely necessary. Wearing loose fitting surgical masks won’t protect you from getting infected. It may however slightly limit others from being infected by yourself as the virus won’t be able to travel as far if coughing/sneezing. But you’ll still be breathing in potentially unfiltered infected air.
Do I need to buy more toilet paper?
No, stop panic buying toilet paper, diarrhoea isn’t one of the symptoms.
Should I stop travelling?
Always seek the most up to date advice as the situation begins to develop. At the time of writing, you should avoid all but non-essential travel to limit the number of people you come into contact with. However sometimes this may not be possible and may need to travel for work etc.
If you do have to travel, staying in self-catering or short-stay accommodation would be safer than in a hotel. The reason being that in a hotel you typically have just one room that you have to yourself but will come into more people outside of your room when getting breakfast or the cleaner comes to change the linen each day. Whereas when staying in a short-stay accommodation apartment for example, you’ll have the whole place to yourself where you can wash clothes, cook and clean etc. Just like living in your own home.
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