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“WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction. Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death.
How coronavirus spreads
- Respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze
- Close, prolonged personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching something with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands
If you have COVID-19, reduce contact with others
- Stay at home and self-isolate (unless directed to seek medical care)
- avoid individuals in hospitals and long-term care centres.
- avoid having visitors to your home
- cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing and sneezing
how you can prepare?
Although China remains the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak, more countries are reporting cases. Some countries may not have the capacity to detect or contain the disease. This means global efforts to stop the spread of the disease may not be enough to prevent a pandemic (global outbreak).
There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for these peoples.
- aged 65 and over
- with compromised immune systems
- with underlying medical conditions
Do vaccines against pneumonia protect you against the new coronavirus?
No. Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against the new coronavirus.
The virus is so new and different that it needs its own vaccine. Researchers are trying to develop a vaccine against 2019-nCoV, and WHO is supporting their efforts.
Although these vaccines are not effective against 2019-nCoV, vaccination against respiratory illnesses is highly recommended to protect your health.
Can eating garlic help prevent infection with the new coronavirus?
Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new coronavirus.
The following measures are alternatives to school or day care closures.
- Restrict access to common areas.
- Divide classes into smaller groups.
- Cancel or postpone after-school events.
- Increase desk distance between students.
- Be flexible with attendance policies for students and staff.
- Students and staff who show symptoms of COVID-19 should stay at home.
- Separate children on school busses by 2 metres where possible.
- Cancel classes that bring students together from multiple classrooms.
- Stagger the school schedule (lunch breaks and recess) to limit the number of students and children in attendance at one time.