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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

The novel coronavirus, also known as SARS-CoV-2, is a strain of virus that has been found to cause a global pandemic of the respiratory illness, Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). This illness was first detected in Wuhan, China, late in 2019 and has since spread rapidly to over a hundred countries across the world. The spread of the novel coronavirus has led to public health measures such as nationwide quarantines, travel restrictions and restrictions on large mass gatherings in an attempt to contain the outbreak.

COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Symptoms may include difficulty breathing, fever, cough and chills. In some cases, more severe forms of the virus can cause pneumonia, a severe lung infection that can be life-threatening. It can spread through respiratory droplets, making face masks and social distancing important prevention measures.

The most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is through following routine hygiene measures, such as regular handwashing and avoiding close contact with anyone who is unwell:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Additionally, people should stay informed of the latest updates about the outbreak and follow any official guidance including any quarantine restrictions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified COVID-19 as a pandemic, and governments worldwide have imposed various measures to help curb the spread of the disease.