Sydney, 7 March, 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a major problem for the whole world. Coronavirus Could Cost the Global Economy $2.7 Trillion. Here’s How. https://t.co/FkABoP26dp?amp=1
Quoting from Al Jazeera: More than 100,000 people (mostly in China) have been infected and more than 3290 people have died (3,015 deaths in China and 267 fatalities in other parts of the globe, most of them in Italy and Iran). At least 1,200 of the new infections are in Iran in just the past 24 hours, the country’s biggest jump since the outbreak began. Iran’s health ministry on Friday noted that 124 people have died.
In France, 200 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed overnight, while India and South Korea also reported an increase in the number of infections.
Additionally, the death toll in the United States from the coronavirus rose to 12 when King County in the state of Washington reported the latest death on Thursday.
There is no cure or vaccine available.
Prevention is the best approach to restrict its spreading.
WHO recommendation on Corona virus infection:
Protect yourself and others from getting sick
- Wash your hands with soap frequently and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Maintain social distancing (1 mitre distance) from others. (Note: some infected people may not have any symptom and yet can infect others).
Australian Health Department says: “avoid close contact with others, such as touching”.
THIS MAY HAVE AN IMPLICATION FOR THE COMMUNITY EVENTS, in my view.
- . Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with uncleaned hands, fingers and objects.
- . Practice respiratory hygiene.
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately
- . If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.
- . Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider.
- . Protection measures for persons who are in or have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading
Follow the guidance outlined above,
Stay at home and seek medical help early if you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
- . Surgical masks in the community are only helpful in preventing people who have coronavirus disease from spreading it to others. If you are well, you do not need to wear a surgical mask as there is little evidence supporting the widespread use of surgical masks in healthy people to prevent transmission in public. https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-information-on-the-use-of-surgical-masks
Dr Yadu Singh