Update on COVID-19

In January, we wrote about a novel coronavirus that first appeared in Wuhan, China. At the time of this current write-up, this virus, called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 shortened to SARS-CoV-2 is the cause of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has now affected 113 countries, with over 113,739 confirmed people infected, 4,016 deaths and 63,663 recovered. The interactive web dashboard tracking the scourge of coronavirus can be accessed from this link.

As the threat of a pandemic looms, people are advised to stay calm. To wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects of frequent contact. Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions are advised to limit travel and avoid crowds. Seek medical care if sick.

The CDC has advised that people at risk with chronic medical conditions or older than 60 years who are planning for an indoor stay should stock up with medications, water, and food supplies (perishable and non-perishable items), personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies.

Here are tweets from around the globe on the fight against COVID-19.

To stay updated on COVID-19 here is the link for the CDC website.

Written by Dr. N. Onuoha.

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