Sunday, 16 February 2020

Health Alert:Coronavirus Prevention Methods

Zimbabwe Online Health Centre

The Coronavirus is a crown shaped virus.

It affects both animals and humans and can be transmitted from animals to humans. Anyone anywhere can be infected by the virus. It infect people through coughing and sneezing, touching an infected person's hands or face or touching infected objects an infected person has touched. It is like all the other viruses that cause common cold and is common in winter.

Symptoms include a runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever and a feeling of being unwell. In people with an immunocompromised immune system such as children, elderly, those with heart diseases they might develop respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis.

There are ways one can protect themselves from catching the virus. Prevention methods include: washing hands with soap and water or using a hand rub always. Avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

 Avoid close contact with infected people. Those infected should also cover their nose, mouth when coughing.

No vaccine or treatment is available for Coronavirus. However if infected one needs plenty of rest, lots of fluids and manage the symptoms such as sore throat, fever. If there is a pneumonia or bronchitis one should also receive appropriate treatment for that respiratory tract infection.

Currently there is an outbreak in China and about 81 people reported dead.

 Because this is a communicable virus it spreads fast therefore always protect yourself and your community. Prevention is always better than cure.

Compiled by Zimbabwe Online Health Centre

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