Coronavirus and Other Viral Infection Outbreaks: What you need to know

Coronavirus are a large family of viruses which can cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe disease like pneumonia. 

These are the common symptoms

  • Fever
  • Dry cough & flu-like symptoms
  • Difficulty breathing
  • General body aches and malaise
  • Diarrhoea & other gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Respiratory distress syndrome
  • Kidney failure (late symptoms)

Click to watch Astro Awani report in Malay on Coronavirus: Apa yang kita perlu tahu

Follow these basic principles to reduce the risk of transmission of any acute respiratory infections;

  • Avoid close contact with people or areas with people suffering from acute respiratory infections
  • Avoid unprotected contact with farm or wild animals
  • People with symptoms of acute respiratory infections should practice cough etiquette (which is to avoid going to crowded areas like office or school, cover coughs or sneezes with disposable tissues and wear masks to avoid droplet spread to other people)
  • Practice frequent hand-washing with soap and water or sanitisers especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment such as tables and chairs. This is equally as important as wearing a mask to prevent spread of the virus

It is possible to interrupt virus spread provided we are able to detect disease early, isolate and treat cases, trace contacts and promote social distancing measures.  We need the cooperation and civic-mindedness of every single person to overcome this disease spread

If you have symptoms of the virus and have been in contact with someone with Coronavirus or been in a country affected with the disease such as Wuhan, you need to present yourself to one of the designated hospitals who is able to treat you.  An infected person will be observed and treated so that he or she does not develop complications such as pneumonia or respiratory distress.  If the infected person improves, the person can be discharged from hospital if the swab shows no presence of Coronavirus on 2 separate occasions within a 24 hour period.

A person who has been in contact with an infected person or been in a country affected with the disease such as Wuhan (but has NO symptoms and tested negative for the Coronavirus), should self quarantine himself or herself for 14 days at home and NOT go to crowded places such as the office or school.  If the person develops symptoms during this quarantine period, he or she should go to any of the designated hospitals for treatment.

Click to watch BBC Video on How Virus Spread

Prevention of virus spread

The virus spreads from saliva droplets from coughing or sneezing by infected individuals.  As such, take the following precautions

  • Wear face masks to limit virus spread from sneezing or coughing
  • Wash your hands regularly using soap & water or sanitiser
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces like door handles, table tops and toys

This is the list 26 MOH ADMITTING HOSPITALS for ‘PUI nCoV & Confirmed nCoV’

(PUI is Person Under Investigation).  These hospitals have appropriate and adequate isolation facilities with a core team of health workers trained in managing patients with nCoV

  • Hospital Tuanku Fauziah, Kangar, PERLIS
  • Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah, Alor Setar, KEDAH
  • Hospital Sultanah Maliha, Langkawi, KEDAH
  • Hospital Pulau Pinang, PENANG
  • Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, Ipoh, PERAK
  • Hospital Sungai Buloh, SELANGOR
  • Hospital Kuala Lumpur, WP
  • Hospital Tuanku Jaffar, Seremban, NEGERI SEMBILAN
  • Hospital Melaka, MELAKA
  • Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Johor Bahru, JOHOR
  • Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan, Kuantan, PAHANG
  • Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah, Kuala Terengganu, TERENGGANU
  • Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II, Kota Bahru, KELANTAN
  • Hospital Sultan Ismail Petra, Kuala Krai, KELANTAN
  • Hospital Tumpat, KELANTAN
  • Hospital Queen Elizabeth I, Kota Kinabalu, SABAH
  • Hospital Duchess of Kent, Sandakan, SABAH
  • Hospital Tawau, SABAH
  • Hospital Wanita dan Kanak Kanak Likas, SABAH
  • Hospital Lahad Datu, SABAH
  • Hospital Keningau, SABAH
  • Hospital Umum Sarawak, Kuching, SARAWAK
  • Hospital Miri, SARAWAK
  • Hospital Bintulu, SARAWAK
  • Hospital Sibu, SARAWAK
  • Hospital Labuan, WP LABUAN

Disclaimer. TELEME blog posts contains general information about health conditions and treatments. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. 

If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition, you should seek immediate medical attention from your doctor or other professional healthcare providers. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.

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