In the space of a few weeks Corona Virus or COVID-19, which is the correct medical term, has caused worldwide panic. This is now being classed as a worldwide pandemic and is having a major short term effect on economies, the stock market and travel. For our readers the cancellation of major sporting events is becoming a cause for concern. Already Six Nations matches have been postponed, there are worries that Cheltenham may be postponed and Corona Virus may cause havoc to the rest of the 2020 Sporting Calendar with major events like the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Euro 2020 incoming.
What is Corona Virus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. The latest Covid-19 is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
According to the WHO, main symptoms of the coronavirus usually include coughing, a high temperature, shortness of breath These symptoms are similar to other respiratory diseases, including flu and the common cold. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others.
Avoiding Corona Virus
Like cold and flu bugs, the new virus is spread via droplets when a person coughs or sneezes. The droplets land on surfaces and are picked up on the hands of others and spread further. People catch the virus when they touch their infected hands to their mouth, nose or eyes.
Right now these are the most important steps to take:
1.Wash your hands very regularly
Hand hygiene is the first and foremost line of defence. Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water, doing this kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Carry a hand sanitiser and wash your hands before you eat. Avoid shaking hands with people and try avoid touching your face and mouth with unwashed hands.
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2. Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease. WHO
3. Touch as little as possible in public places
Be especially careful in busy airports, train stations and other public transport systems about touching things. It is inevitable that we will touch our face but be much more wary of this in public places. Also further caution should be used when eating, alway wash your hands before eating and do not share snacks from packets or bowls that others are using.
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