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Coronavirus (COVID-19). What you should know about this disease

The New COVID-19 is a strain of the coronavirus family that had not previously been identified in humans. That is the definitive name given by the WHO. Coronaviruses are causes of diseases ranging from the common cold to more serious diseases, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Failure.

How is it spread? It is transmitted from person to person when you have close contact with a sick person. For example, living under the same roof, sharing the same room in a hospital, traveling for several hours on the same means of transport, caring for a sick person without proper protection.

What are the signs and symptoms? In most cases it has presented with fever over 38 degrees, cough, shortness of breath. If the disease is not treated in time, these symptoms can worsen.

Who can get sick right now? Those people who travel to countries and areas with confirmed cases or active outbreaks and have close contact with patients.

Is there a treatment for the New Coronavirus COVID-19? There is no specific treatment yet. Treatment is supportive only and depends on the patient’s clinical condition and is aimed at alleviating symptoms. Nor has a vaccine been developed for this virus.

How is this disease prevented? Because it is a respiratory type disease, it is transmitted through droplets from coughs and sneezes. It is important to cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue (never by hand) when sneezing or coughing. In the same way, frequent hand washing is very important to avoid contagion, especially after having been in contact with a sick person.

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