What is the ‘Wuhan Coronavirus’?
The recent cases of the ‘Wuhan Coronavirus’ (officially called Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19 for short) stems from a Coronavirus (CoV) that originates from Wuhan, China. Much like other Coronaviruses such as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), it is transmitted from animals to people and can cause illnesses ranging from your common cold to fatal diseases. As of 13 Feb 2020, there are 60,310 confirmed cases of patients infected with COVID-19 and 1,368 cases of death resulting from it. Due to the increase in the number of locally transmitted cases, the Singapore Government has raised the DORSCON Alert Level to Orange. Early estimates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) have put the worldwide fatality rate to be around 2.5% which may appear meager if you compare it to SARS that has a fatality rate of close to 10%. That being said, here are some symptoms of the virus and what you can do to keep you and your family safe from it.
Symptoms: coughing, flu, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties, fever
Preventive Measures: avoid crowded places, wash your hands regularly, avoid touching your face unnecessarily, wear a mask if you display symptoms of infection, avoid eating raw meats
For more information, you can visit https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19
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