About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The 2019–20 coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that can be dangerous for some people.
The virus is primarily spread between people during close contact (coughing, sneezing, or talking) or by touching a contaminated surface and then their face. The virus can survive on surfaces for up to 72 hours. It is most contagious during the first three days after the onset of symptoms. Common symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Complications may include pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome. The time from exposure to onset of symptoms is typically around five days, but may range from two to fourteen days. There is no known vaccine or specific antiviral treatment.Primary treatment is symptomatic and supportive therapy.
Recommended preventive measures
- Hand washing
- Covering one’s mouth when coughing
- maintaining distance from other people
- monitoring and self-isolation for people who suspect they are infected