As the Coronavirus has spread throughout the world, with some areas declaring a state of emergency, we want to ensure all of our users and followers are up to date with the most important data. Below is some helpful information based on the guidelines created by the World Health Organization and UNICEF.
What do we know so far?
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause diseases ranging from common colds to more serious diseases such as SARS. COVID-19 is a newly found strain that can be transferred between people dropwise.
It currently has around 60 000 reported cases worldwide with most cases in China and Italy, followed by Iran, South Korea, and Spain. The disease is spreading rapidly and can potentially affect people of any age, sex or ethnicity, but is more serious for people over the age of 60 and immunocompromised individuals. Many people (about 80%) recover from the disease without requiring special care. Around 1 in every 6 people who have COVID-19 become critically ill and have trouble breathing. Older people, and those with chronic medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart attacks, or diabetes, are more likely to develop severe illnesses.
Taking basic precautions, being aware of symptoms and, if necessary, seeking medical attention, will protect yourself and help avoid the spread of the coronavirus.
According to the WHO data, COVID-19 can be symptomatic or asymptomatic (without symptoms). Infected individuals can start developing symptoms up to 14 days after they’ve contracted the virus, according to the current information.
What to do if you’re sick
- DO NOT go to a hospital
- Call your doctor or the nationally designated coronavirus hotline and let them know of your symptoms
- Wear a mask and isolate yourself from your family until you’re seen by a doctor
- Do not go in public
Source: WHO, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
How to protect yourself from coronavirus?
With coronavirus, it’s important to take the basic precautionary measures, similar to those for normal influenza.
- Wash your hands with soap and water, and dry them thoroughly.
- Use alcohol-based hand gel if you don’t have immediate access to soap and water.
- Avoid crowded spaces, such as public transportation and opt for walking or using your bike/rollerskates/car.
- Use cleaning spray to disinfect your workplace and apartment, as well as your mobile phone and laptop.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, nose or face to prevent transferring any particles that carry the virus to areas where it could enter your body.
- If you cough or sneeze, use a disposable tissue and throw it after use. Wash your hands throughout.
- Make sure to drink warm liquids at least every hour or, if not possible, drink water every 15 minutes to ensure you stay hydrated. You can set hydration alarms for your Spring bottle, as well as in your Bellabeat app to remind you to drink water.
- Both your Time and Leaf can be disinfected and washed with water to ensure proper hygiene.
- Make sure to wash your Spring in the dishwasher on high temperatures to ensure it's properly cleaned (remove the bottom part before washing).
Should I panic?
The answer is no. Make sure to follow the guidelines of your national health organizations and the advice below.
- Always verify the sources of information. Avoid spreading any news you haven’t received from a reputable source.
- Follow accurate heath advice from WHO and your local health authority.
- Do not spread rumors.
1. Can I catch COVID-19 from my pet?
No. There is no evidence that animals or pets such as cats and dogs could spread the virus that causes COVID-19. Avoid contact with wild animals.
2. Can I travel?
Yes. According to Dr. Carmen Dolea, Head of the International Health Regulations Secretariat, traveling is allowed, but be mindful of airline restriction, as well as quarantine protocols of the country you’re planning to visit.
3. Should I wear a mask to protect myself?
No, you should only wear a mask if you’re showing symptoms of the disease or if you’re caring for an infected patient. WHO urges people to use masks wisely and rationally, due to a worldwide shortage.
4. Is there a vaccine for coronavirus?
Not yet. To date, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-2019. If infected, you will receive symptomatic treatments aimed at easing your symptoms.
5. Can antibiotics help?
Antibiotics do not work against viruses, they only work on bacterial infections. COVID-19 is caused by a virus, so antibiotics do not work. Using antibiotics without indication can make you more susceptible to illnesses, making it easier to catch the virus.
6. Can I breastfeed if I’m infected with coronavirus?
According to UNICEF guidelines on COVID-19 “Considering the benefits of breastfeeding and the insignificant role of breastmilk in the transmission of other respiratory viruses, the mother can continue breastfeeding, while applying all the necessary precautions.
- For symptomatic mothers well enough to breastfeed, this includes wearing a mask when near a child (including during feeding), washing hands before and after contact with the child (including feeding), and cleaning/disinfecting contaminated surfaces – as should be done in all cases where anyone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 interacts with others, including children.
- If a mother is too ill, she should be encouraged to express milk and give it to the child via a clean cup and/or spoon – all while following the same infection prevention methods.
Coronavirus can leave us panicked and scared. Taking necessary precautions is crucial for ensuring your health, as well as the health of everyone surrounding you.