According to the World Health Organization (WHO), who recently declared that this is a global health emergency, coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as SARS and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). Under an electron microscope, the image of the virus is reminiscent of a solar corona, crown looking – which explains the name of the virus. 👑
What are the symptoms? 🤢
Fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, it can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
What can we do to protect ourselves?
-Wash your hands frequently with soap and water – making sure to scrub at least 20 seconds. Use a hand sanitiser too. 🧴🧼
-Avoid touching the eyes 👀, nose👃 and mouth👄 with unwashed hands.
-Wear a mask if you are feeling unwell outside, or stay at home to quarantine and rest. 😷
-Steer clear of raw food or avoid contact with live animals. 🐔🐖🐄