Information from WHO website, 24 May 2021
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the SarsCov-2 coronavirus which was first discovered in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. COVID-19 is now a pandemic that is happening in many countries around the world.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Here are the most common symptoms of COVID-19:
Who can be infected with COVID-19?
Everyone has the potential to be infected with Covid-19. Most (about 80%) of infected people recover without the need for special treatment and about 1 in 5 people infected with COVID-19 suffer from severe illness and difficulty breathing. Elderly people and people with comorbid medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart and lung disorders, diabetes, or cancer are more likely to develop more serious illness.
How does this virus spread?
COVID-19 can spread mainly from person to person through droplets from the nose or mouth that come out when a person infected with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes or talks.
Therefore, it is important for us to maintain a minimum distance of 1 meter from other people. These sparks can stick to objects and other surfaces around people such as tables, doorknobs, and handrails. Scientists continue to review research developments on how COVID-19 spreads and will present the latest findings.
How to reduce the risk of infection?
Maintaining a distance
Be in a well-ventilated room
Stay at home
What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?
Wear a mask, avoid close contact, and search for an immediate medical examination at a nearest health service facility