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Introduction To COVID-19

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19, also called novel coronavirus disease is the viral disease that has caused global concern. It has impacted economies and world trade, limited worldwide travel, and tourism and is the latest pandemic following the 2009 H1N1 that originated in North America.

How Did COVID-19 Comes Out Break?

Officially named COVID-19 has spread to more than a hundred countires with over a hundred million confirmed instances. The global mortality rate of COVID-19 is currently 3.5% at the time of writing.

Differentiation between Coronavirus and Influenza

The flu and COVID-19 are both respiratory diseases with similar symptoms; however, they are due to two different viruses. Here are some differences and Similarities between COVID-19 and influenza.

Differences

  1. The flu may be prevented by taking a flu vaccine that is widely available. COVID-19 does not have a vaccine yet but hopefully will in the future.

  2. It may take a while for a COVID-19 vaccine to be considered safe for medical use.

  3. Efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 includes frequent hand washing, quarantine, and travelling ban.

Similarities

  1. Symptoms could be the same as cough, body aches, fatigue, high temperature, difficulties in breathing, and, in some cases may be diarrhea.

  2. Just like the flu, COVID-19’s virus can survive in both seasons hot and humid weather as well as in cold and dry climates.

  3. Both may be spread by direct contact, droplets, and materials that can carry infection such as clothes, utensils, and furniture.

  4. Severe cases can lead to pneumonia and even death.

Coronavirus Cure or Treatment

In the absence of a medically approved vaccine for COVID-19, people are advised to follow precautionary measures to avoid getting infected and mitigate the further spread of the disease.​

How Can Individuals and Households Prevent the Spread of COVID-19?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides some recommendations for people are following the below.

Be Prepare for This Disease

  1. Be alert for any update from public health officials regarding COVID-19 in your community.

  2. Consider household members who are at greater risk like older adults and people with severe chronic illnesses and take actions to scale back the chance of getting infected.

  3. Update your emergency contact list that features household members, community resources, and healthcare providers.

  4. Follow preventive measures like frequent proper washing of hands, disinfection of frequently touched objects, and avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.

  5. Prepare an area that may be used for isolation just in case a household member gets sick.

How Can We Act in The Case of An Outbreak?

The CDC recommends seeking immediate medical attention if you develop these emergency warning signs for COVID-19. However, this list isn't all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for the other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Some Are Important Symptoms of Coronavirus

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.

  • Persistent pain or pressure within the chest.

  • New confusion or inability to arouse.

  • Bluish lips or face.

  • Practice social distancing or maintaining distance from people the maximum amount as possible.

  • Stay aloof from others who are currently ill.

  • For older adults and people with severe chronic illnesses.

  • Stay reception and aloof from crowds the maximum amount as possible.

  • have several weeks’ worth of medication and supplies if staying at home and observe good hand hygiene.

How Can Businesses Protect Employees from Coronavirus?

The spread of COVID-19 has impacted businesses and industries worldwide, and employers should work out ways to forestall COVID-19 from becoming a peril. Businesses and organizations can practice after mitigating risks within the workplace:

 

1. Observe proper information dissemination within the workplace and cascade guidelines that employees can follow regarding COVID-19.

Read and understand some important CDC’s recommendation for employers:

  • Employees should learn and encouraged to remain reception when they’re not feeling well.

  • Employees who are sick or become sick while within the workplace should be separated from other employees and sent home.

  • Educate employees on proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

  • Environmental cleaning should be routine. Frequently touched surfaces must always be cleaned.

  • Employees who travel are encouraged to test out travel advisories from the CDC website and follow the advice for every country.

  • Employers should have a risk assessment conducted within the workplace to work out the extent of risk of infection and are available up with corresponding mitigation.

Important Tools for COVID-19 Preparedness

COVID-19 is that the latest pandemic to impact the planet with confirmed cases increasing exponentially a day. With the absence of a vaccine, the most effective defence against COVID-19 is to make sure that recommended protocols are followed to forestall getting infected and control its spread.  OnePlan social distancing tools can be used to plan for social distancing as part of a holistic COVID-19 plan.

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