In the era of such developed transport and human migration, the emergence of a new coronavirus (2019-nCoV, SARS-CoV-2) in Poland is probably just a matter of time. What to do not to get sick and how to protect your loved ones from the effects of the disease?
What is coronavirus 2020?
This is a new, unidentified respiratory virus that first appeared in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The source of its origin has not been identified yet. It is suspected that it has to do with animals that were in a large fish market.
WHO (World Health Organization) has announced that the official name of the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 (2019-nCoV) is COVID-19.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus in humans?
shortness of breath
shortness of breath.
However, it should be remembered that the virus incubation period (time from infection to the first symptoms of the disease) lasts from 1 to 14 days. The carrier of the virus may not know that he is sick and endanger himself and other people. There were also cases where the fever did not occur at all or other symptoms appeared.
Who is coronavirus dangerous to?
people suffering from chronic diseases, e.g. diabetes or renal failure.
In such people, coronavirus can cause severely treatable pneumonia, respiratory failure, heart damage and even death.
You should therefore take care of yourself and strengthen your immunity (more: Strengthening immunity, Preparations for immunity), get enough sleep, eat well and enjoy outdoor activities.
How can you become infected with coronavirus?
The virus spreads by droplet, i.e. by coughing or sneezing, a sick person sprays saliva or nasal secretion together with virus particles. In addition, if we come into contact with the surface on which the virus was, and then touch the nose, mouth or eyes, there is a great risk that we will get sick.
How to protect yourself against coronavirus?
As with any viral disease, in order not to get sick, you must follow basic hygiene rules. It is recommended:
frequent washing of hands with soapy water (e.g. Natural Gray Soap) intensively for a minimum of 30 seconds, as well as the use of special washing gels and disinfectants (e.g. Manusan, Skinsept Pur, Anida hand gel),
avoiding touching the face with unwashed hands,
limiting close contact with people who have a cold or flu symptoms (if it is a loved one and we need to look after him, it is worth stocking up with special protective medical masks (e.g. ApteoCare Medical Mask, Romed surgical mask with elastic band) from the pharmacy that will protect against the spread of the disease),
teaching everyone that we sneeze and cough only with a handkerchief or elbow bend (never in your hand!), what's more, we throw away the handkerchief in the basket,
cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects or surfaces, e.g. countertops, toys, keyboards.
In the case of a new virus, it is worth remembering that if we know someone who has recently returned or were alone in one of the Far East countries and felt worse, we should immediately contact a doctor and inform him about it. Before, it's best to call him without leaving your home. If you are planning a trip to China in the near future, it is worth making a different trip.
Is there a cure for coronavirus? Yes
What to do in the event of an outbreak of coronavirus in Poland?
First of all, don't panic. The risk of this is very low. Procedures are already being implemented to avoid epidemics. However, if the darkest scenarios were to come true:
adhere to the above hygiene rules,
avoid large clusters of people,
reduce travel to a minimum,
provide water and food supplies,
limit contact with wild and farmed animals
buy special masks with filters,
in case of suspected illness, immediately consult a doctor.
It is worth following the recommendations of the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate on an ongoing basis and hope that thanks to the cooperation of scientists from around the world, the coronavirus 2019 will be defeated as soon as possible.
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Publication date: 28.03.2020
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