Coronavirus – what is it and where did it come from to cause COVID 19

The coronavirus currently in the news has actually been around for a long time. It was first identified in the 1960s. This coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China. Different strains of coronavirus have been found in a range of animals, ranging from camels to bats. As of the 30th of January 2020, the World Health Organisation has declared the coronavirus as a global emergency. This is not because of what is happening in China, but that it is rapidly spreading around the world. The number of different countries infected continues to rise. Signs and symptoms of the virus include fever, severe coughing and shortness of breath; all of which are similar to flu-like symptoms.

If You Suspect a Case of Coronavirus

Currently, if a case is suspected, the patient and their belongings must be isolated in a side room. Make sure to keep all doors and windows closed. Do not enter the room until you have sought specialist advice. If you have already come into contact with the person, leave the room as quickly as possible. Then it is imperative to immediately wash your hands thoroughly.

People who this should be imperatively adhered to include those who have been to Wuhan recently or come into contact with a confirmed case of the coronavirus, along with presenting the symptoms mentioned earlier. You must try and identify potential cases as soon as possible, and trying to eliminate transmission to other people. Should someone be suspected to have the coronavirus, do not let anyone come in to even the same room as them, but if this does happen, they must be quarantined as well. Should you need to contact the person, for example, to collect a full medical history, only speak to them by telephone. You must contact local infectious disease specialists and the Health Protection Team as soon as possible.

This is based on the information we have in early February, so you must constantly keep updated on the current news. Viruses like these can mutate and situations can drastically change instantly. Therefore keep yourself informed so you can follow the most up to date guidelines.

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