Who is at Risk of COVID-19?

The new Coronavirus previously known as nCoV has been officially named as COVID-19 (Coronavirus Infection Disease-2019).  The spread is thought to be through droplets from person-to-person among close contact (about 6 feet).  The symptoms can appear within 2 to 14 days (and now may be prolonged up to 24 days) of infection.

Although there is NO specific treatment for COVID-19, patients who are affected are given supportive care to support their vital organs such as the lung and kidneys.   Persons who have contact with infected individuals SHOULD self-quarantined themselves for 14 days (or more depending on more recent updates) to watch if they develop any symptoms.

The symptoms include

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • General body aches or malaise
  • Diarrhoea
  • Respiratory distress syndrome (late)

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Who is at Risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19 infection?

People who at risk include

  • Older population over the age of 60
  • Pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or poor immune system such as cancer
  • Pregnant women

Those who are at risk at advised to

  • Avoid crowded areas
  • Avoid going to hospitals (unless absolutely necessary)
  • Avoid touching unnecessary objects in public places
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid consumption of raw or undercooked meat

Stay healthy by

  • Wearing a mask if you have some flu-like symptoms or in crowded places
  • Practice good hygiene by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue to prevent spread of germs.  Discard the tissue after each use
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand rub
  • Maintain social distancing (at least 1 metre) from people who area coughing or sneezing
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (such as tables or chairs)

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