Time: 17 March 2020
Doctor: What is your symptom?
Doctor: Here is your presciption: Stay 1 meter away from anyone including your kids and parents. And take the prescription everytime when you are not at home.
Social distancing is becoming one of the most used phrase in the media nowadays, like "wash your hands", something usually only used perhaps by parents to their childrend. The world is really changing, all because of a virus, Covid-19.
In February 2020, Chinese researchers had the concrete evidence that a Person can carry and transmit COVID-19 without showing symptoms: A 20-year-old woman from Wuhan passed it to five of her family members but never got physically sick herself.
A new study conducted in the US found that although those undetected cases were less infectious than the known cases, they could account for almost 80 percent of the diagnosed infections because of its large numbers.
Stay at home is not enough, wash your hands for 20 seconds constantly is not enough. To protect yourself, you also have to take the prescription of social distance seriously as your life may really depend on it.
According to World Health Organization(WHO)'s latest data, there are already 132,567 confirmed cases of coronavirus with 4,947 deaths in 123 countries, with Italy contributing most new cases and death tolls, although it's already on its third day of national lockdown where more than 60 million people can only go out for buying groceries and medicines.
Alarmed by what is happening in Italy, other European countries are beginning to take more drastic measures. Ireland and Spain is already on partial lockdown, France will follow suit on Monday, 16 March to close all nurseries, schools and universities. Romania and Czech Republic have closed their borders to ban foreigners from entering in.
And French President Emmanuel Marcron has said more than one time: it is just the beginning.
What is coronavirus
According to Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
How does it spread
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.
The new coronavirus Covid-19 originates in Wuhan China in late December 2019 when China reported to WHO its first infected cases. This virus is primarily spread through airborne contact or contact with contaminated objects.
According to some tests run by American scientists, after they use a nebulizer device to put samples of the new virus into the air, imitating what might happen if an infected person coughed or made the virus airborne some other way, the viable virus could be detected up to three hours later in the air, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.
What are the symptoms?
The virus has an incubation period of two to 14 days, with an average being seven days.
The 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.
How dangerous is it?
According to WHO, 80% of infected people have mild symptoms and 5% are considered critical, and the majority of the people who have died were either elderly or had underlying health problems. So it's very important to protect them from being infected with the virus.
How to protect ourselves from it?
Other than the personal hygiene protocols recommended by WHO, including washing hands, sneezing and coughing into tissues, we also need to be cautious while being with others, not shaking hands or hugging or cheek kissing and maintaining new social distance of at least 1 meter or even 2-3 meters.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau became first world leader in isolation after his wife tested positive for coronavirus
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has gone into isolation after his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the first world leader in voluntary quarantine.
Sophie Trudeau has attended the WE Day UK Charity event and concert in London last Tuesday 3 March, and a week later on 11 March, she began to exhibit symptoms. Justin Trudeau will be isolation for the next n14 days and he will continue to work from home.
Sophie Trudeau has sent a touching public message to the people who are concerned about her health:
Justin Trudeau placé en isolement, sa femme testée positive au Covid-19
Le test de dépistage au Covid-19 auquel s’est soumise l’épouse du premier ministre canadien Sophie Grégoire Trudeau au retour d’un séjour à Londres, s’est avéré positif. L’annonce en a été faite, jeudi 12 mars, par le bureau de Justin Trudeau, qui précise « qu’elle se sent bien, mais demeurera en quarantaine pour une durée indéterminée ». Le premier ministre sera « par précaution et selon l’avis des médecins, en isolement pour une durée prévue de quatorze jours »,précise le communiqué.
Mais Justin Trudeau ne présentant aucun symptôme, il ne subira pas de test à ce stade, et les médecins affirment « qu’il n’y a pas de risque pour ceux qui ont été en contact avec lui récemment ».
la Esposa de Justin Trudeau da positivo a Coronavirus tras un viaje a Londres
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, esposa del primer ministro canadiense, Justin Trudeau, ha contraído COVID-19 tras realizar un viaje a Londres (Reino Unido), señaló este jueves la Oficina del Primer Ministro de Canadá.
Tras regresar de Londres y desarrollar síntomas de una "gripe moderada", Sophie Grégoire Trudeau y su esposo informaron de que habían decidido aislarse en su domicilio mientras se realizaban pruebas para determinar si estaba infectada con el nuevo coronavirus.
"La prueba ha dado positiva. También siguiendo consejos médicos, permanecerá en aislamiento de momento. Se siente bien, está tomando todas las precauciones recomendadas y sus síntomas siguen siendo moderados", dijo la Oficina del Primer Ministro.
La moglie del primo ministro canadese Justin Trudeau è risultata positiva al coronavirus
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, la moglie del primo ministro canadese Justin Trudeau, è risultata positiva al coronavirus. Lo ha annunciato lo stesso premier, il quale per precauzione si trova ora in isolamento. "Sfortunatamente, i risultati del test di Sophie al Covid-19 sono positivi. Per questo resterà in quarantena al momento. I suoi sintomi sono lievi, si sta curando e seguendo le raccomandazioni del nostro medico", scrive il primo ministro canadese su Twitter. Per poi aggiungere: "Io sto bene, al momento non mostro alcun sintomo del virus. Tuttavia, anche io mi terrò a quanto raccomandato dal medico e rimarrò in auto-isolamento per ora. Come ho fatto oggi, continuerò a lavorare da casa, presenziando a riunioni via video e teleconferenza".
A quanto riporta l'ufficio stampa del premier, Trudeau non sarebbe stato sottoposto al tampone in quanto non presenterebbe alcun sintomo. Trudeau annuncia anche che nelle prossime ore parlerà con i leader territoriali, tra cui gli indigeni, per coordinare la risposta allo scoppio dell'epidemia in Canada. Il premier sottolinea anche l'importanza di limitare l'impatto del Covid-19 all'economia, e raccomanda a tutti i cittadini canadesi si seguire le raccomandazioni delle autorità mediche.
How did coronavirus spread
On 31 December 2019, China alerted World Health Organization(WHO) to several cases of unusual pneumonia in Wuhan, a port city of 11 million people in the central Hubei province, caused by an unknow virus.
On 11 January 2020, China reported its first death from the virus.
On 10 February, China had 908 confirmed deaths and a total of 40,171 infections.
President Xi Jinping appeared in public for the first time since the epidemic began, visiting a hospital in Beijing and urging confidence in the battle against the virus.
On 11 Febrary, the WHO announced that the new coronavirus would be called "COVID-19".
On 11 March 2020, WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic which has spead to at least 114 countries.
On 12 March 2020, more than 4,600 people worldwide with more than 126,100 people infected.
How can we protect ourselves from this deadly virus?
According to WHO, there are measurements we can take to protect ourselves from getting infected.
Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
In some European countries, like Italy, France and Spain, people may need to stop the ritual of double kisses on cheeks while greeting, particularly with someone they do not know.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
For more information about coronavirus and guidance on self protection and protection of your loved ones, please visit World Health Organization.
Take care of yourself, your family, your loved ones!