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COVID-19 is a new infectious disease that spreads easily through small droplets from an infected person’s mouth or nose. By practicing social distancing and proper hygiene, we can lessen our risk of getting infected.
The World Health Organization defines COVID-19 as the infectious disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus. The outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, when a person with COVID-19 sneezes or coughs, tiny droplets spread to the air, which are then inhaled by people nearby. These droplets can also land on surfaces that another person may touch, who then gets infected when they touch their eyes, nose, or mouth using unwashed hands.
Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, muscle pain, headache, cough, chills, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, and shortness of breath. Some people with COVID-19 may also experience nasal congestion and diarrhea. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says these symptoms may be observable 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
As advised by the Department of Health, wash your hands frequently using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If they’re not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer instead. When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with tissue or using your bent elbow. Maintain at least a 1-meter distance from any other person.
While studies are being conducted to learn more about COVID-19, there is no evidence that eating garlic, rinsing the nose with saline, drinking alcohol, taking a hot bath, taking antibiotics, or other home remedies will prevent COVID-19 infection. Read more to find out other myths debunked by WHO.
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