State of Public Health Emergency
By the discretionary powers vested in the Minister of Health by Section 33 of the 7/2012 Public Health Act the Minister has declared a State of Public Health Emergency from 12th March 2020.
The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a RNA virus which causes respiratory diseases. It is believed to have been transmitted to humans from an animal origin and is therefore classed as a Zoonotic Disease. The earliest known case of the virus was traced to Wuhan, in China at the end of December 2019.
What is an RNA? – RNA (short for Ribonucleic acid) is a polymeric single strained molecule which is effectively genetic material. The RNA of the Coronavirus is encased in a shell.
An RNA Virus typically infects living organisms in order to reproduce itself and spread its genetic material. COVID-19 is also referred to as a “Coronavirus” a term used for a group of viruses which include:
Many types of Coronavirus typically cause only mild illnesses such with symptoms found in the common cold. They tend to infect only your upper airways including sinuses, nose, throat and mouth.
Unlike the average Coronavirus, COVID-19 has the potential to infect the lower airways and chest, which includes vital organs such as your lungs. This can result in problems such as Pneumonia in vulnerable individuals “High Risk Group”. If left untreated the consequences could be fatal
It is worth noting that the vast majority of people infected with COVID-19 only suffer the milder symptoms as described further above.
Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
| Those who have weakened or compromised
|Anyone diagnosed with a
chronic medical condition
(e.g. lung conditions and even kidney failure)
People with diabetes
On average, most people who become infected typically suffer from milder / less severe symptoms of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
The reason for this is not yet fully understood, but regularly washing your hand with soap & water before touching your nose, mouth or eyes reduces the risk of infection.
People who are in the high risk group can get severely ill if they become infected. The spread of the virus & the speed of it’s transmission combined with the fact that most people suffer mild symptoms has put vulnerable people in greater danger.
Dismissing the dangers of the Coronavirus have resulted in a deepening pandemic crisis in many countries. The resulting uncertainty has created by long periods of isolation for many people and has also led to panic buying in some instances.
Travel restrictions and mandatory lock-downs have been implemented in a last ditch effort to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus. Airlines are struggling to cope with the low demand and the tourism is at an all time low
The COVID-19 Global Pandemic has led to increased volatility in financial markets. This has left many peoples livelihoods at risk and forced many people as well as businesses to borrow credit from banks to spend on basic necessities and service debts.
The only way you can certain whether are infected is by clinically testing your bodily fluids to detect the COVID-19 Coronavirus,
The World Heath Organisation a lot of useful information and advice on their COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus webpage
Around 95% of active cases are patients who have mild conditions. This group could typically recover at home or many not even realise they have been infected. They could prevent further infections by self isolating themselves & contacting local healthcare services to ask whether or not they should be tested.
Around 05% of active cases, are severe / life threatening which if left untreated could result in fatality. The unprecedented speed at which the virus spread has left many healthcare providers around the world inundated with severely ill patients. The overwhelming number of severe cases occurring at the same time and the risk of ongoing infections is a source of constant struggle for all healthcare workers.
Healthcare workers, volunteers & medical researchers are working around the clock to combat the virus and find a cure. Until then everyone has a responsibility to avoid becoming infected.
While the majority of people who become infected typically survive, the novel coronavirus has substantially changed the world we live in. Entire industries have ceased operations for the time being. National Debt as governments are forced to borrow while productivity has forcibly declined due to quarantines. Peoples spending patterns are adapting from luxury items such are cars & holidays towards essentials which include fresh produce and medicines.
Hand hygiene, either with soap and water or with alcohol-based handrub, is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading infections to others.
Hand hygiene is an easy, inexpensive, and effective mean to prevent the spread of germs and keep everyone healthy.
When you live in an area with plenty of active COVID-19 cases It is good practice to not leave home unless absolutely necessary. This is because unless everyone you meet has been tested for COVID-19 there is no sure way of knowing if they are infected. This is because the symptoms you can observe will vary from person to person. It is important to maintain a physical distance of at least 03 Feet (02 Metres) when talking to anyone, if possible. This is especially important when talking to people who are showing symptoms of the disease.
The virus is spread mainly via tiny water droplets either coughed or exhaled from your mouth. These droplets that can travel approximately 01 metre before gravity makes it fall onto a surface. The time that the virus is able to survive on a surface (e.g. table / hand / glove / tap / door handle) is currently unknown.
The best practice to prevent self infection after touching a surface is as simple as thoroughly washing your hands with soap & water before touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
More Myths and essential COVID-19 Facts can be found in the World Health Organisation’s Coronavirus myth busters page. It is important to avoid spreading misinformation and facts which are unverified by clinical health professional during this Global Pandemic
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