Coronavirus

  • A large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases like  or .
  •  is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
  • Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.
  • Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
  • In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

  • Prevent infection
    • Regular hand washing
    • Keep your hands and fingers away from your eyes, nose and mouth
    • Cover mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
    • Thoroughly cook meat and eggs
    • Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing
  • If infected
    • Can appear as late as 14 days after exposure, and you are contagious
    • Treat the symptoms
    • Get plenty of rest
    • Drink lots of fluids (especially water or electrolyte containing drinks)

 

FOR FEVER

  • Apply cool cloth to forehead or armpits
  • Drink plenty of fluids (especially water)
  • Avoid alcohol, tea and coffee as these drinks can cause slight dehydration
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen
    • Aspirin (Do not give to children or adolescents)

 

SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IF

  • Known contact with Coronavirus infected person or travel to a high-risk area
  • Symptoms do not improve after a week
  • You have a persistent fever, chills or cough with yellow/green colored phlegm

 

In Adults:

  • Severe chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Persistent vomiting

 

In Children:

  • Difficulty breathing or rapid breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids (especially water)
  • Unusual sleepiness
  • Severe headache
  • Extreme irritability
  • Fever with rash
  • Ear pain
  • Vomiting or abdominal pain
  • Persistent cough

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