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COVID-19

As concerns grow around the world about the coronavirus outbreak, here are some key facts to know about the virus and how to prevent it

COVID-19

As concerns grow around the world about the coronavirus outbreak, here are some key facts to know about the virus and how to prevent it

The impact of COVID-19 has been felt worldwide in a wide range of countries and very different settings. The pandemic has already affected countries in all regions, so this is a truly global situation where each country must take steps to prepare and respond.


How to stay safe


What is Covid-19?

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus. The disease causes respiratory illness (such as the flu) with symptoms such as cough, fever, and, in more severe cases, shortness of breath.

Coronavirus symptoms

People can be sick with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are fever, tiredness, shortness of breath (severe cases), and dry cough. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without the need for special treatment.

How do I avoid it?

Wash your hands properly for up to 20 seconds. Maintain personal hygiene. Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, or use a tissue. Avoid spitting in public. Stay home and isolate yourself from others in the home if you don't feel well.

Who is at risk?

While we're still learning about how COVID-2019 affects people, older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer, or diabetes) seem to develop serious illnesses more often than others. .