, Prevention


The death toll from new corona virus outbreak crossed over 2,700.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has said there are now more new cases of the corona virus reported each day outside China than inside the hardest-hit country.

According to WHO, as of today over 78,000 cases of COVID-19 had been registered in China, including 2,718 deaths.  That compares with 2,790 cases and 44 deaths reported across 37other countries.

Corona virus infections have a wide range of symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.

How is it transmitted?

The new corona virus can be transmitted from person to person.

Transmission is most likely through close contact with an infected person via particles in the air from coughing or sneezing, or by someone touching an infected person or object with the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose or eyes.

How can it be prevented?

WHO’s standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illness are as follows, which include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices:

  1. Frequently clean hands by using alcohol- based hand rub or soap and water ;
  2. When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately  and wash hands;
  3. Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough;
  4. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider;
  5. When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel corona virus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals;
  6. The consumption of raw or under cooked animal products should be avoided.  Raw meat, milk  or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.


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