CORONA VIRUS ALERT
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses ranging from the common cold to more serious infections such as Mers-CoV and Sars-CoV. Common signs of coronavirus infection include:
– Respiratory symptoms
– Fever and Cough
– Shortness of breath
– Breathing difficulties
In severe cases, it can cause pneumonia, acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
The new coronavirus strain, which officials described as 80 percent similar to Sars-CoV, was reported in Wuhan, China on December 31, 2019.
Initially, the said disease was thought to be transmitted through animal contact but recent reports show human-to-human transmission.
Officials have reported nine deaths and over 400 cases, which are expected to rise further as travel peaks during the Chinese New Year. Similar cases have also been reported in Beijing and Shenzhen Cities in China as well as in Thailand, Japan, and South Korea.
DOH said it is also enhancing its coronavirus laboratory testing capacity, hospital preparedness, rapid response, and its risk communication and information dissemination.
It is also closely monitoring individuals who manifested signs of respiratory infection and had a history of travel to China and is coordinating with the World Health Organization (WHO) and China Center for Disease Control for updates.
DOH advises the public to:
– Practice frequent handwashing.
– Avoid unprotected contact with farm or wild animals.
– Practice proper cough etiquette – maintain distance and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the crook of your elbow.
– Avoid close contact with people showing cold or flu-like symptoms.
– Ensure that food is well-cooked.
Ormoc City Health Hotlines: 561-5983 (Landline) 09173060906/09173586916 (Globe) 09502470332 (Smart)