What is Corona Virus Disease 2019 or COVID19?

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus.
The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and avoiding close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell.

How does it spread?

Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.

How do I get in touch with the Ministry of Health Hotline?

They can be contacted directly by calling 0729471414 & 0732353535 or calling 719 or texting – *719#

What are the symptoms of Corona virus?

People may be sick with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

More rarely, the disease can be serious and even fatal. Older people, and people with other medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), may be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.
People may experience:
difficulty breathing (severe cases)

How can I prevent it?

Help stop coronavirus
Wash your hands frequently.
Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
Avoid touching your face.
Practice social distancing, atleast 1 metre away from people.
Stay at Home if you can

Is there a treatment for COVID-19?

There is no specific medicine to prevent or treat coronavirus disease (COVID-19). People may need supportive care to help them breathe.

Self care
If you have mild symptoms, stay at home until you’ve recovered.
You can relieve your symptoms if you:
Rest and sleep
Keep warm
Drink plenty of liquids
Use a room humidifier or take a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough.
If you develop a fever, cough, and have difficulty breathing, promptly seek medical care. Call in advance and tell your health provider of any recent travel or recent contact with travelers.

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