With the new developments in containing the threats of the coronavirus or 2019-nCoV ARD, the Department of Health (DOH) is continuously improving and scaling up its public health measures and reminds the public to remain calm and vigilant.
Presently, there are now three confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country, the other one, a 44-year-old Chinese male died February 01, an imported case with no evidence of local transmission.
However, the public is still reminded to practice prevention measures such as proper hand hygiene and observance of cough etiquette.
Here are frequently asked questions about coronavirus:
What are coronaviruses?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses causing a range of illnesses, from the common cold to more serious infections such as those caused by Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-related Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-related Coronavirus (SARS-CoV). Coronavirus can also cause a variety of diseases in farm animals and domesticated pets.
What are the symptoms and possible complications of a coronavirus infection?
Common signs of coronavirus infection include flu-like and respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, it can cause pneumonia, acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
How is the 2019-nCoV transmitted?
On January 24, 2020, the World Health Organization has confirmed human-to-human transmission largely in Wuhan City, China. However, there is not enough information yet to draw a definitive conclusion about the intensity of human-to-human transmission, full clinical features, and the original source of the outbreak.
Health experts are accelerating research to study the origins of the virus and how it is spreading. The virus has been differentiated from SARS and MERS, but its contagiousness and virulence is still being studied.
Is there a treatment and vaccine for the 2019-nCoV?
There is no specific treatment for any coronavirus including the 2019-nCoV. However, many of the symptoms can be treated based on the patient’s clinical conditions. Supportive care for infected persons can also be highly effective.
To date, there remain to be no vaccines for the new strain of coronavirus, hence, the existing Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccines (PCVs) are ineffective against 2019-nCoV.
What should you do if you traveled recently to Wuhan, China and is experiencing symptoms of the 2019-nCoV?
Patients, particularly travelers from affected areas, who show symptoms of severe respiratory illness and other signs of the 2019-nCoV should seek medical attention immediately and have themselves screened for common causes of respiratory illness.
What can the public do to prevent the spread of 2019-nCoV?
DOH advises the public to:
- Practice frequent and proper handwashing,
- Practice Proper cough etiquette
- Always bring a handkerchief/tissue
- Cover mouth and nose using handkerchief/tissue (sleeves or crook of the elbow may also be used to cover the mouth when coughing or sneezing)
- Move away from people when coughing
- Do not spit
- Throw away used tissues properly
- Always wash your hands after sneezing or coughing
- Use alcohol/sanitizer
- Avoid unprotected contact with farm or wild animals
- Ensure that food is well-cooked
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle to mount up immunity
Reference: Department of Health, Manila, Philippines
To know more about coronavirus and updates, please check the website: https://www.doh.gov.ph.
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