In this blog, I am going to be looking at the novel coronavirus guidance. It’s time for an update and we’re going to be looking at symptoms of coronavirus. We will discuss how it’s spread and also looking at current coronavirus guidance self-isolation on how to try and prevent.
I have broken down the content and time-stamped it so you can find the information that you need quickly and efficiently. Let’s begin with the symptoms. So the truth is that just based on symptoms and without a test, it’s quite difficult to diagnose a novel coronavirus. And the reason is that symptoms are very similar to those that are detected in the flu.
Symptoms of the virus:
We’ve covered covoid 19 one of the first kinds of symptoms that you present with is a fever. Feeling hot to touch and all a continuous cough but what does this mean? Well, you could be coughing a lot for more than an hour or you might have three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. Now if you already have a coffin you struggle with a cough your cough might become worse. So if you have these symptoms you need to take actionable steps to protect yourself and others.
The current guidance is that if you have a new fever or a continuous cough you need to self-isolate straight away. Therefore stay at home for seven days and if you live with anyone else in the household they also need to stay at home for 14 days. From the first day, that person in the house developed their symptoms so the first day they developed the fever and all the cough.
Everyone needs to self-isolate from that day and if you live with someone who is over 70 or has a weak immune system, has long-term health conditions or is pregnant. Please try and find them somewhere else to stay for the next 14 days. If you do have to stay at home together please try and stay away from each other as much as possible and during this period of self-isolation please stay at home.
Thus that means don’t visit your hospital, a pharmacy doesn’t visit your doctor surgery or your dentist or any other health care provider. Whilst you’re doing this however you do need to contact them. If you can’t cope with your symptoms are getting worse or you see no improvement after seven days.
This is the current guidance but please remember this is a developing situation and every day we are learning more about the novel coronavirus. So most likely this guide will change please stay up to date about coronavirus guidance.
More talk about coronavirus:
Let’s talk a little more about the novel coronavirus so the W-H-O estimated the incubation period. Therefore, this is the period that you have the virus which shown symptoms of the novel coronavirus to be around 14 days.
To compare this to the flu when the incubation period is estimated to be around three days. So this means that you could potentially have the virus and be fine move around speaking to people. And possibly spread the virus at the same time which this is on to the next question that.
How is the novel coronavirus spread?
Well, there’s some really good research coming out on this and we know that the primary driver is through respiratory droplets that come from the nose and mouth. When a person costs or exhales these particles will also temporarily hang in a closed environment then you can potentially breathe it in.
This is why during the wintertime we tend to have more coughs and colds. Because more people are indoors and because their air is drier you have a higher hang time. So these germs can hang around in the air for a longer period more people are breathing it in and then you get.
Researchers also have shown that the virus can survive on surfaces from a period of a few hours up to two to three days providing the conditions of right. So the correct temperature the right humidity and the clean kind of surface. Now the novel coronavirus has been shown to survive the longest on non-porous materials like plastic and steel.
Then what does this mean? Well, you could potentially touch a contaminated surface than all of a sudden your hands have the germs on them. They have the virus on them and then you may touch one of your mucous membranes for your eyes, nose, mouth and all of a sudden the virus is in your system.
What is Social distancing?:
Let’s discuss social distancing first of all what is it? Well, it steps that you can take to reduce social interactions when people try and avoid catching a virus or spreading it. Current guidance is that everyone should do what they can to help. Reduce the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus and this includes social distancing to the best of your ability.
However social distancing is strongly recommended for those who are 17 over. Those with long-term health conditions pregnant women and those who have a weakened immune system. So now we know a little about social distancing let’s go through what is included.
Number one avoiding people who are showing symptoms of the novel coronavirus. Such as fever, constant cough and all the other signs that I mentioned at the start of the article. Avoiding non-essential use of public transport and if you do have to use it not using at rush hour.
If possible work from home and your employer should support doing this. For avoiding large gatherings in small places like coffee shops, cinemas. Though avoiding gatherings with friends and family there are many different ways that you can contact each other. By a telephone by social media and many other ways.
Understandably, you may find social distancing a bit boring. Frustrating and it might even affect your mood and make you feel alone. Times like these are very easy to fall into an unhealthy pattern of behavior that can make you feel much worse. So you must stay mentally and physically active to maintain a healthy lifestyle. By having a balanced diet drinking enough water sleeping enough exercising and having social contact.
Yes, get in contact with friends and loved ones via telephone by social media. There are many different ways that we can contact each other without physically seeing each other.
There are also many little things that you can do at home that can help as well. One of them is opening the window to let in some fresh air natural light and all of this will make you feel better. You can go out into the garden as well you can also go outside and exercise. Go for a walk but try and maintain a 2-meter distance or a 2-meter gap between you and anyone else.