An outbreak of Novel Coronavirus Disease (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan was declared by the People’s Republic of China on 31st January 2020 and it is spreading everywhere lately. And as the number of cases rises, it’s understandable if you’re wondering how likely it is that you or a loved one will become ill. And quite likely, you’re also wondering how to prevent this.
It’s hard to beat the convenience of the internet, and we know there’s a lot of useful and reliable information online. But there’s also a lot of misinformation and rumors. The trick is to figure out which is which.
Must-know about this new virus –
The concern regarding this new virus is very well-deserved. As of the beginning of February till March12th, there have been
• Nearly 125,048 confirmed cases and 4613 confirmed deaths attributed to 2019-nCoV, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). 99% of the cases and all of the deaths have been in China and new rise of count has been witnessed in Iran, Italy and South Korea.
• 26 countries reporting cases, according to the US’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO). Nearly all of those with confirmed cases either live in China or had traveled from China to other countries.
• 460 cases in the UK, wherein the confirmed cases have doubled in the last 4 days.
Signs and symptoms of 2019-nCoV.
• Sore throat
• Difficulty in breathing
• Other flu like symptoms like running nose, sneezing and body weakness.
Unfortunately, all of these numbers are likely to rise in the coming days and weeks, as each infected person could potentially spread the infection to many others. And it’s possible that a person can spread the infection before he or she knows they’re sick; this has not been proven for this particular virus, but if true, quickly containing its spread may be impossible.
Let us provide you some reliable information about what is happening and what you can do to protect yourself.
• Practice frequent hand washing. Wash hands with soap and water or use alcohol based hand rub. Wash hands even if they are visibly clean.
• Cover your nose and mouth with handkerchief/tissue while sneezing and coughing.
• Throw used tissues into closed bins immediately after us.
• Avoid participating in large gatherings.
• See a doctor if you feel unwell (fever, difficult breathing and cough). While visiting doctor wear a mask/cloth to cover your mouth and nose.
• If you have these signs/symptoms please call the NHS111 coronavirus service.
• Have a close contact with anyone, if you’re experiencing cough and fever.
• Touch your eyes, nose and mouth.