Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus
Do the five,
1,HANDS Wash them often
2,ELBOW Cough into it
3,FACE Don't touch it
4,FEET Stay more than 6ft apart
5,FEEL sick? Stay home
Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. COVID-19 is still affecting mostly people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:
Coronavirus: What You Need to Know
Fauci says Americans must be prepared to hunker down
(Bloomberg) -- Americans must be ready for more drastic steps to slow the march of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday.
“Americans should be prepared that they are going to have to hunker down significantly more than we as a country are doing,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Asked if he would prefer some kind of 14-day national shutdown to “flatten the curve” of Covid-19 spread, Fauci said -- in one of five interviews on Sunday talk shows -- “I would prefer as much as we possibly could.”
On “Fox News Sunday,” though, the veteran infectious diseases specialist didn’t endorse a nationwide shutdown. With ‘stringent mitigation and containment’ measures without a complete lockdown will help the U.S. avoid getting to where Italy is now, he said.
Our experts from the UH Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine & Global Health, in conjunction with other infectious disease colleagues, explain how coronavirus spreads, its symptoms, if you should travel and what you should do if you suspect you have coronavirus.
The new coronavirus first seen in Wuhan City, China has now been detected in the United States.
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Are you a UH patient or visitor? Here is information you need to know.
How Does Coronavirus Spread?
The coronavirus is a respiratory disease that appears to spread like the flu virus – person-to-person and through the air. Virus-containing droplets from coughs or sneezes land in the mouth or nose of another person. You also can pick up the virus by touching an infected surface with your hand, and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
People with the virus may be able to spread it before symptoms appear but, in general, people are thought to be most contagious when they are the most symptomatic.
People have little or no immunity to the virus because it is new. This allows the virus to spread quickly from person to person around the world. It may be months before an effective vaccine is developed.
How Does Coronavirus Affect People Differently?
People who have a higher chance of getting very sick from COVID-19 are:
- Older adults
- People with a serious chronic health problem such as: cancer, diabetes, heart disease or lung disease
- People with sickle cell disease
If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of exposure to the disease.