The world today is worried about the outbreak of the Corona virus, due to its rapid spread.
According to data from https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries, as of March 8, 2020, the number of cases of people infected with the Corona virus has reached 106,065 cases reported in 102 countries. Of them 3,598 people have died and 60,174 recovered.
In Mexico there are 6 positive cases of people infected with the Corona virus. 1 person has already recovered, 5 are still under observation and treatment.
In Indonesia, 4 positive cases of the Corona virus have been officially reported. All four are currently in the hands of local medical authorities.
The new coronavirus (2019-nCoV), or COVID-19, directly attacks the respiratory system. In most cases, coronaviruses only cause mild to moderate respiratory infections, such as the flu.
But in some cases, the Corona virus infection, especially if it is an especially virulent strain, can cause some serious complications such as pneumonia, secondary infections in other organs, kidney failure, acute heart damage, acute respiratory distress syndrome, which can lead to death.
Corona virus can infect any person, but the effect will be more dangerous or even fatal if it occurs in elderly people, pregnant women, sick people or people whose immune system is weak.
According to the research, 3 common symptoms of a person infected with the new strain of the Corona virus, or simply COVID-19, are fever, cough and shortness of breath. These symptoms appear within 2 days to 2 weeks after infection.
A person can become infected with COVID-19 through contact with fluids, such as inhaling splashes of saliva when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or putting their hands to their eyes, mouth or nose after having touched an object splashed and not have washed your hands Therefore, direct physical contact, such as shaking hands or giving a kiss or a hug to an infected person, is not recommended because of the high risk of inhaling.
To determine if someone is infected with COVID-19, the doctor will perform additional tests, such as blood sample analysis, throat smear tests and chest x-rays to detect infiltration or fluid in the lungs.
There is no vaccine to prevent infection by COVID-19. Therefore, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid risk factors. To do this, the following measures are suggested:
Avoid making trips to countries where the Corona virus has spread.
Wear a mask when you are outdoors, especially in public places or between crowds.
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains alcohol, especially after touching another person or objects that may have been in contact with someone.
Avoid contact with animals, especially wild animals. If you have touched them, wash your hands immediately afterwards.
Cook food well before eating, particularly meat.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Never touch your eyes, mouth or nose without first washing your hands.
Avoid being near someone who is sick.
Always keep clean the objects in your environment that are often touched, such as door handles, railings, etc.
As for someone who suspects being infected with COVID-19, there are suggestions to take to prevent the virus from being transmitted to other people, including not leaving home except for treatment, staying away from other people and, if possible, use a bedroom and a bathroom different from those used by others. Avoid visits, do not attend meetings, do not share utensils for personal use such as cutlery or toiletries or bedroom.