Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus. The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and avoiding close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell.
â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹ What is the Disease?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus, first identified in a cluster with pneumonia symptoms in Wuhan city, Hubei province of China.
Most of the cases were epidemiologically linked to the seafood and animal market.
How is the virus transmitted?
The symptoms are:
Note: Not everyone with a cold or upper respiratory symptom needs to get tested for COVID-19. Only a person with a symptoms and travel history can do the test.
Is there any treatment for COVID-19?
The treatment of COVID-19 depends on enhancing the immunity level of patients, treating the symptoms and easing complications, as there is no specific treatment for the virus to date.
Is there a vaccine against the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Currently there is no available vaccine that protects against novel coronavirus.
When should I wash my hands?
How to greet people while having respiratory symptoms such as a cough and a cold?
If you intend to travel to areas affected by coronavirus:
Note: Avoid traveling abroad due to the spread of COVID-19 in multiple countries, except if it is an extreme necessity.
Procedures for those arriving to the UAE:
If you have any symptom of a respiratory infection and have traveled to any country with a widespread outbreak of COVID-19 , we advise you to do the following:
Misconceptions about the coronavirus
Can facemasks protect me from COVID-19?
Facemasks canâ€™t protect you from the disease, in fact, it can cause the user to constantly touch their face to adjust their mask, which increases the risk of transmission if your hand is infected.
It should only be used under two conditions:
If you are taking care of someone suffering from respiratory symptoms
Can antibiotics cure COVID-19?
No it canâ€™t, antibiotics fight bacteria and have no effect on viruses.
Can influenza vaccine prevent COVID-19?
No it canâ€™t because they can only fight the virus that causes influenza, which is different from the COVID- 19 virus.
Can garlic protect us from COVID-19?
Garlic is healthy as it contains antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence that eating garlic can protect us against COVID-19.
Can I shop online?
Yes, you can. There is no scientific evidence until now, which proves that COVID-19 can be transmitted through products.
Am I at risk of being infected with COVID-19 if an infected person walks past me?
No, it can only be transmitted if you have direct contact with the person infected (less than two meters away) through constant contact, and through touching.
Is it safe to order food at restaurants?
Yes, but order food that is cooked well and make sure to eat it while itâ€™s hot.
Why should we avoid touching our eyes, nose and mouth before washing our hands or sanitizing them?
While touching surfaces, your hands can collect a number of viruses, which then can be transferred to your eyes, nose and mouth when touching them and cause you to get COVID-19.
In the absence of a tissue, why should we use the inner part of our arms when coughing or sneezing?
The droplets that come out when coughing and sneezing contribute to the spread of viruses such as cold, flu, etc. and it is best to use the inner part of the arm if a tissue is not available because there is no contact between that part and the things we frequently touch or use.
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