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Quick Facts on Prevention of Corona Virus 2019

Corona Virus 2019

First confirmed case of Corona Virus 2019 has been reported in Kenya. This pandemic was first confirmed in China in the wake of the new decade. Here are quick facts about these virus and how you can prevent contracting it.

Corona virus

Corona is a large group of viruses, which can infect both humans and animals with cold related diseases. The intensity of the infection ranges from common cold to acute respiratory syndrome.

However, the new strain of corona virus, which causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), is a novel virus to humans. So far, the information related to the disease, its signs, modes of transmission and even the sources of infection is very limited.

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According to Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is no known vaccine to prevent corona-virus disease 2019 (COVID 2019). The best proposed way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

Nonetheless, the following are daily preventive actions that you can take to help prevent spread of respiratory diseases;

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  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are infected.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and then disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow these recommendations given by CDC while using a face-mask;

Quick Facts About the New Corona Virus

  1. CDC does not recommend people who are healthy to wear a face-mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  2. People who show symptoms should use face-masks to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face-masks is also important for health workers and people who are caring after someone in close settings.

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Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. Infected persons should receive supportive care to relieve symptoms.

Treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.

If you have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider immediately.

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