The viral outbreak that started in China has infected more than 6,000 people on the mainland.
The United Arab Emirates confirmed on Wednesday the first cases in the Middle East of the new Chinese virus causing flu-like symptoms and said doctors were now treating a family that had just arrived from a town at the epicenter of the outbreak.
The new type of coronavirus first appeared in December in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. The symptoms, including cough and fever and, in severe cases, pneumonia, are similar to many other diseases.
The new virus causes flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough and, in severe cases, pneumonia. It comes from the coronavirus family, including those that can lead to colds and more serious illnesses such as Sars and Mers.
The viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 6,000 people on the mainland and more than a dozen other countries. China’s death toll has passed 100.
The UAE doctors recommend the following to protect yourself against the potentially deadly virus:
What safety measures should you take during the treatment of a patient suffering from the disease?
Patients should be asked to wear a surgical mask as soon as they are identified and evaluated in a private room with the door closed, ideally in a room for isolating airborne infections, if available. Healthcare personnel entering the room should use standard precautions, contact precautions, air precautions, and eye protection (eg, safety glasses or face shield). Immediately notify your healthcare institution’s infection control staff and the local health department.
What security measures should you take when traveling to countries with confirmed cases of the virus?
Travelers to Wuhan or an infected area must
· Avoid contact with sick people.
· Avoid animals (live or dead), animal markets and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).
· Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
· Older travelers and people with underlying health problems may be at risk for more serious illnesses and should discuss travel to Wuhan with their healthcare provider.
What is the first thing to do if it is infected?
If you have traveled to Wuhan and you feel sick with a fever, cough or breathing problems, you should do so
· Seek medical help immediately. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent trip and your symptoms.
· Avoid contact with others.
· Do not travel if you are sick.
· Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
What is the treatment?
“There is currently no specific treatment available for the disease, but supportive therapy and prophylactic treatment can be initiated to prevent respiratory distress complications,” Dr. said. Salvin George – Specialist Physician (Internal Medicine), Medicare Hospital Al Safa.
He added: “Consult your nearest hospital where they will assess your vital signs and determine the severity of the disease. You can be isolated if there is a strong suspicion of the coronavirus infection. Blood and body fluid samples are obtained for testing. “