The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Coronavirus a global health emergency, expressing serious concern as the outbreak of the contagious disease continues to spread beyond China where it was first confirmed in January.
The WHO made the declaration on Friday as over 200 people have succumbed to the virus. Around 12,000 Coronavirus cases have been detected worldwide, according to reports.
In view of the danger posed by the airborne disease, the WHO has released standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range, include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices.
The WHO recommendations to prevent Coronavirus infections are as follows:
- Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
- When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands
- Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough
- If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider
- When visiting live markets (in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus), avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals
- The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided
- Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices
- Refrain from travelling if one is suffering from cough and fever
- If travellers fall sick in their journey, they must inform the crew immediately and seek medical attention
- If one choose to wear a mask, one should avoid touching it once it’s on
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth
The WHO had earlier declared international health emergency during the outbreak of Zika Virus in 2016 and Ebola outbreak in 2019.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, the viruses cause respiratory infections which are typically mild, including the common cold; however, rarer forms such as SARS, MERS and the novel coronavirus causing the current outbreak can be lethal (Wikipedia)
Follow the WHO tips and stay safe!