As coronavirus spreads across the world, people are naturally becoming concerned. But what can you do to reduce your chances of contracting or spreading coronavirus?
Fortunately, it seems that the mortality rate for this strain of Coronavirus, known as COVID-19 is somewhat lower than was first feared. About 2% of people who have had the disease have died.
Some people who have tested positive for COVID-19 have no symptoms at all. Those with symptoms have mostly had a high temperature, tiredness, shortness of breath and a dry cough (coughing without phlegm). Other symptoms which not everybody gets include aches and pains, runny nose, sore throat and diarrhoea.
At present, it is believed that COVID-19 is passed from people who have the disease though small airborne droplets from the nose or mouth. The virus can travel through the air directly into another person, or it can live on surfaces and be picked up by people touching their eyes, nose or mouth. Scientists are currently investigating other possible modes of transmission.
Following these tips can help reduce the spread of Coronavirus:
Wash your hands and use alcohol hand sanitiser regularly.
Try to stay at least 1 metre away from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth if your hands are unclean.
Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
Put used tissues in the bin.
Try to avoid contact with people who are unwell.
Stay up to date on the latest developments.
Stay at home if you feel unwell, even with slight symptoms such as a headache and runny nose.
There may be a slight benefit from wearing a good quality surgical style face mask, however it should be fitted quite tightly and disposed of effectively after use. It is believed that wearing a face mask can reduce the likelihood of passing the virus on.
There is currently no treatment as antibiotics do not work against viruses. If you have coronavirus, the best thing to do is stay away from other people until you are better, to reduce its spread.
If you suspect that you may have coronavirus, have been somewhere that has coronavirus or been in close contact with someone with coronavirus call 111 immediately.
Osteopaths cannot treat coronavirus.