What is it?
Coronavirus is a large family of viruses that can cause illness in humans and animals. COVID-19 is the particular virus that is getting significant attention after an outbreak in Wuhan, China in 2019 and subsequent spread to several countries, most notably Iran, South Korea and Italy.
How do I know if I have it?
The severity of symptoms range greatly from person to person, but have the following flu like symptoms:
· Sore throat/coughing
· Shortness of breath
What can we do to prevent spreading?
COVID-19 most likely spreads from person to person by coming into contact with cough or sneeze droplets from an infected person. Not unlike all other good practices to prevent spreading sickness, regular hand washing, use of hand sanitiser and limiting close contact/touching of other people is effective in minimising the chance of getting the disease.
If you feel unwell you should seek medical attention (especially if you have recently travelled to a high risk country) and stay home until you have received appropriate medical clearance. If you do need to go out, it is recommended that you wear a surgical mask. Note that this is only effective if you are sick and want to prevent spreading it from yourself to other people. There is no benefit to wearing a mask if you are not unwell.
If you are unsure, contact your health care provider before you attend your appointment and alert them of any symptoms.
Longevity practices to prevent COVID-19
· Use the provided hand sanitiser at the gym before and after every session
. Wipe down equipment after you have used it
· Regularly wash your hands and use hand sanitiser throughout the day
· Stay home if you feel unwell and seek medical attention
· Postpone travel to high risk areas
For more information, refer to the following resources:
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