What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can cause serious symptoms, even death. So far, there are six known human coronaviruses. Four of these coronaviruses are less pathogenic, generally causing only minor respiratory symptoms like the common cold. Two other coronaviruses — Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS CoV) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS CoV) — can cause serious respiratory diseases.

A new type of Coronavirus (COVID-19) emerged in late 2019, causing illnesses globally. To date, the virus has infected tens of thousands of people around the world, with thousands of reported deaths. As surveillance proceeds, there may be more cases identified. The cases were originally linked to a live animal market in Wuhan City, in the Hubei Province of China, but now cases are occurring due to community spread. Public Health authorities are actively investigating this outbreak.

In March 2020, the World health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. For the most up-to-date information about the spread of this disease in your region please refer to the WHO or your local public health agency.

How to Combat COVID-19

There is currently no vaccine for coronavirus, thus it is crucial to prevent being exposed to the virus. There are a few steps you can take to protect yourself.

Practice proper self and environmental hygiene to reduce the risk and spread of coronavirus. Cleaning your hands is critical to the spreading of bacterial and viral infections. By frequently washing your hands you can contribute to the protection of public health.

Avoid close contact and distance yourself from other people especially if coronavirus is spreading in your community. Practice social distancing at all times. Avoid contact with people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.