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Coronavirus: WHO issues public advisory

There is no medicine or vaccine available till date for the treatment or prevention of the virus.

Coronavirus: WHO issues public advisory

As coronavirus outbreak has been declared a global health emergency, the World Health Organisation (WHO) released information and advice for the public regarding the virus.

The outbreak has so far caused 425 deaths with 20,629 cases of the infection reported from China alone. The total number of cases in India are three.

Antibiotics not effective

The WHO said that since corona is a virus, antibiotics do not work against it. Antibiotics only work against bacteria, not viruses. However, the organisation added if a person is hospitalised with coronavirus, he/she may receive antibiotics too as bacterial infection is possible. 

No medicine, no vaccine! 

There is no medicine or vaccine available till date for the treatment or prevention of the virus. The WHO, however, informed that certain cures are being studied and will be tested in the clinical trials. 

The WHO added that they are working with partners to help accelerate research and development (R&D). The organisation also said those infected with the virus should receive appropriate care to relieve and treat symptoms and those with severe illness should receive optimised supportive care. 

Age no bar

Although people of all ages can get infected with the virus, those with any pre-existing medical condition such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease are more prone to get infected, said the WHO. 

TIPS

Here’s what you can do to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

  1. If you fall sick while travelling, inform crew and seek early medical care. 
  2. If you seek medical attention, share travel history with your healthcare provider. 
  3. Cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  4. If you choose to wear a mask, be sure to cover your mouth and nose. Avoid touching the mask once it is on.
  5. Immediately discard single-use mask after each use and wash hands after removing mask. 

The organisation said that till now, there is no evidence that the companion animals like dogs and cats can be infected with the virus.The organisation has advised people to wash hands with water and soap after coming in contact with pets. This will help them stay protected against common bacteria like E.coli and Salmonella that can easily pass between pets and humans.