In Exeter, UK, four people have now been diagnosed with COVID-19 or Novel Coronavirus. The positive patients are currently confined at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital for treatment.
Three of them are under quarantine within the hospital, while one was advised to self-isolate at home. As a result, the visiting hours in the hospitals were restricted. This measure is made to counter the spread of the virus. The designated visiting time is only from 2 pm to 7 pm, while the maximum length of stay is limited to only one hour. Only one visitor is allowed at a time to minimize exposure risks.
What is the known information regarding COVID-19? – It is a respiratory illness caused by the Novel Coronavirus strand that affects the lungs. The spread of this new disease is still being studied, although we know that it can be swiftly spread from person to person. That’s why those with symptoms of COVID-19 need to self-quarantine themselves.
The best practice is to stay indoors and observe social distancing. The symptoms of those affected by the virus are the following: high temperature (38-degree celsius) and recent continuous coughing. If these symptoms are not relieved by seven days, it is advisable to contact the NHS 111 coronavirus service for assistance.
What are the preventive measures to avoid catching the virus?
- More often washing of hands using soap. The proper washing of hands should be about 20 seconds. Do this every time you come from errands outside.
- Always bring hand sanitizers or alcohol to disinfect your hands, especially in public places.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Use tissues.
- Properly dispose of tissue wastes and disinfect yourself.
- Avoid crowded places and close contact with people with COVID-19 symptoms.
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes without having your hands sanitized.