Right at Home shares well-known tips to help prevent the spread of viruses, but first, what is the impact of Coronavirus?
According to the BBC, the coronavirus (officially known as Covid-19) had infected 78,927 people in China as of 28 February, with 2,790 of them dying. The proportion dying from the disease appears to be between 1% and 2% but the figures are unreliable as many cases of the illness remain unreported. To put this into context, about one billion people catch influenza every year, with between 290,000 and 650,000 deaths.
What are the Symptoms?
- fever and tiredness
- followed by a dry cough
- muscle pain
- after a week, it leads to shortness of breath
- some patients require hospital treatment
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the incubation period between infection and showing any symptoms lasts up to 14 days but some researchers say it may be as long as 24 days. Some Chinese scientists say people may be infectious even before their symptoms appear.
Who is at Risk?
As with most respiratory illnesses, it is likely to be the young and old who are most at risk once infected. Of the first 425 confirmed deaths across mainland China, 80 per cent were over the age of 60, and 75 per cent had some form of underlying illness.
Like most viruses, the treatment has been to keep the patient's body going and, in this case, breathing support, until their immune system can fight off the virus. There is work underway to develop a vaccine and it is hoped there will be human trials before the end of the year. A pandemic is declared when an infectious disease threatens different parts of the world simultaneously and officials are watching the statistics carefully.
How Coronavirus spreads
The virus spreads in a similar way to the flu or the common cold, in large droplets produced by coughs and sneezes. Germs can live on surfaces for several hours.
Home care provider tips to limit your exposure and spreading of Coronavirus and other viruses
- Avoid unnecessary international travel
- Ensure your immunity is as good as it can be with healthy food and vitamin intake (for advice on special needs, speak to your doctor)
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell (Public Health experts define ‘close contact’ as having spent at least 15 minutes within two metres of an infected person).
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Wash hands frequently
- Catch coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues
- If you don’t have a tissue use your sleeve
- Throw away used tissues
Information for Australians
Locally there is information available as follows:
Caring for Loved Ones at Home
As a home care provider Right at Home Australia provides the support and homecare and assistance needed for people suffering with illness to remain at home together with their loved ones through recovery. Our care services fall into several categories of home care for seniors, adults living with a disability and post-operative care including services for those with special care situations caused by complex medical conditions. Right at Home is a 'My Aged Care' government approved, home care provider for levels 1 – 4 and have a comprehensive portfolio of care services that ensure your loved ones get the care they need. If you think you or your loved ones have symptoms of the flu or Coronavirus you must seek medical advice and attention as soon as possible.
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