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Coronavirus Outbreak Situation in Wuhan

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China Coronavirus unfortunate situation in Wuhan

China Corona-virus unfortunate situation in Wuhan is a rising concerning however the Minister of Health addressed media on SA’s response to Coronavirus outbreak in China on 29 Jan 2020 and assured the public that South Africa is adequately prepared.

What is coronavirus?

The origin of the virus in China is suspected to be of animal origin. Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds.

In humans, the viruses cause respiratory infections which are typically mild including the common cold but rarer forms like SARS and MERS can be lethal.

Coronavirus unfortunate situation in Wuhan is a rising concerning however the Health Minister Zweli Mkhize addressed media on SA’s response to Coronavirus outbreak in China on 29 Jan 2020 and assured the public that South Africa is adequately prepared for active surveillance, early detection, isolation and case management, contact tracing and prevention of onward spread. South Africa has no reported or suspected cases up to date.

In light of China Coronavirus, the World Health Organisation has urged countries to make preparations to deal with possible cases of the coronavirus.

The organisation will today hold an urgent meeting in Geneva to decide whether to declare the outbreak a global emergency.

What are the symptoms?

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Common human coronaviruses, including types 229E, NL63, OC43, and HKU1, usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold.

Most people get infected with these viruses at some point in their lives. These illnesses usually only last for a short amount of time. Symptoms may include

  • runny nose
  • headache
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • fever
  • a general feeling of being unwell

Human coronaviruses can sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. This is more common in people with cardiopulmonary disease, people with weakened immune systems, infants, and older adults.

SABC Digital News interviews Nadia Meintjes, formally from Limpopo, now living and working in China for over 2 years. She is a Food and Beverage Service Trainer and Hostess. And she comes to us via Skype.

Prevention

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
avoid close contact with people who are sick.

How to protect others

If you have cold-like symptoms, you can help protect others by doing the following

  • Stay home while you are sick
  • Avoid close contact with others
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces

The information in this article is for educational purpose only, and not to provide medical advice…If you have any symptoms, please talk to your doctor.

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