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UpSwing Your Life – Prevention is Better than Cure
Coronaviruses are mainly transmitted by large respiratory droplets and direct or indirect contact with infected secretions. They have been detected in blood, faeces and urine. As COVID-19 has only recently been identified, there is currently limited information about the precise routes of transmission. Consequently, knowledge and guidance are currently being based on response experience.
The symptoms you may exhibit if you have contracted coronavirus are:
- High Temperature
- Shortness of Breath
These symptoms are similar to other respiratory diseases, including flu and the common cold. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems. This could include the elderly and those with long-term conditions – such as diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. Fever and cough may progress to pneumonia-causing breathing difficulties.
Current Basic Protective Measures
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve. Above all don’t cough or sneeze into your hands because they touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. These germs can then be transferred to your eyes, nose or mouth. Dispose of your tissue quickly and safely.
- Maintain a distance between anyone who is coughing or sneezing to avoid breathing in any airborne droplets. Also, avoid shaking hands or cheek kissing if you suspect viruses are circulating.
- Do not share snacks from packets or bowls that others are dipping their fingers into.
- Avoid unnecessary contact with people who are ill. Stay home if you feel unwell. It’s probably a good idea to discourage visitors.
- Frequent handwashing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub, especially before eating, after going to the bathroom or blowing your nose. This will help to kill any viruses that may be on your hands.
There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus. Antibiotics do not help as they do not work against viruses. It seems that treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms whilst your body fights the infection.
Finally, if you have a fever, cough or any difficulty breathing – seek medical attention and call in advance for advice.