CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus disease is an infectious disease caused by a new virus called the COVID-19. The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty of breathing. As of now, there is no proper cure/vaccine for this disease. The first case in Bangladesh was confirmed on 7 March 2020 by the IEDCR. Considering the health system, Bangladesh is currently at a very high risk of probable nationwide spread of the virus.

AT A GLANCE

Originated in Wuhan, China

The first person known to have fallen ill due to the new virus was traced back to 1 December 2019 in Wuhan city, Hubei province, central China. A public notice on the outbreak was released by Wuhan Municipal Health Commission on 31 December.

Mortality Rate is 3.4%

Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died. By comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected. [As of 3 March 2020]

A Global Emergency

Coronavirus has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 31 January 2020. The concern was that it could spread to countries with weaker health systems (like Bangladesh).

30531855

Total Cases (Global)

20795412

Total Recoveries (Global)

952240

Total Deaths (Global)

SYMPTOMS

Fever

Cough

Shortness of Breath



The symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Seek medical advice if you develop any of the symptoms.

PREVENTION TIPS




Avoid close contact with people (handshakes, hugs, kisses).
Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, mouth)
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue at hand, use your arm or elbow region to cover up.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer often.
Stay home if you are sick, unless you have to get medical treatment.
Clean and disinfect any objects (mobile phones, laptops, glasses) that you daily use.

There is no proper cure/vaccine for this disease yet. A few methods are being tested. Infected people are being treated to relieve the symptoms only.