26 February 2020

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): What parents should know

What is a ‘novel’ coronavirus?, A novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new strain of coronavirus. The disease caused by the novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China, has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – ‘CO’ stands for corona, ‘VI’ for virus, and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as ‘2019 novel coronavirus’ or ‘2019-nCoV.’ The COVID-19…, How does the COVID-19 virus spread?, The virus is transmitted through direct contact with respiratory droplets of an infected person (generated through coughing and sneezing), and touching surfaces contaminated with the virus. The COVID-19 virus may survive on surfaces for several hours, but simple disinfectants can kill it.    , What are the symptoms of coronavirus?, Symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia or breathing difficulties. More rarely, the disease can be fatal. These symptoms are similar to the flu (influenza) or the common cold, which are a lot more common than COVID-19. This is why testing is required to confirm if someone has…, How can I avoid the risk of infection?, Here are four precautions you and your family can take to avoid infection: Wash your hands frequently using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub Cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue, when coughing or sneezing, and throw away the tissue into a closed bin Avoid close contact with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms Go…, Download the prevention Manual from the coronavirus, (In Arabic), Corona Booklet cover photo Learn from Tala on how you could protect yourself from the Coronavirus