Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update 27th February 2020

What is Coronavirus;

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

**REMEMBER IT IS TRANSFERRED BY TOUCH SO THEREFORE ENSURE EVERY PRECAUTION IS TAKEN. CORONAVIRUS CANNOT SURVIVE OUTSIDE OF THE HUMAN BAODY SO IT IS NOT ‘AIRBORN’.

The countries with high risk are;

Mainland China or South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan or Thailand.

Italy (especially anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini, please remember a lot of Romanians have strong links to Italy and often holiday there or travel there when visiting ‘home’)

Please see below other cases as of 27th Feb;

As of 27 February, 477 cases and 14 deaths have been reported in the EU/EEA, the UK and Switzerland:

  • 400 cases in Italy (three imported, 397 locally acquired),
  • 21 cases in Germany (four imported, 17 locally acquired),
  • 17 cases in France (eight imported, nine locally acquired),
  • 13 cases in the United Kingdom (12 imported, one locally acquired),
  • 12 cases in Spain (eleven imported, one local),
  • two cases in Austria (two imported),
  • two cases in Croatia (one imported, one local),
  • two cases in Finland (two imported),
  • two cases in Sweden (two imported),
  • one case in Belgium (imported),
  • one in Denmark (imported),
  • one in Greece (imported),
  • one in Norway (imported),
  • one in Romania (local)
  • one in Switzerland (imported).

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Prevention.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.