There are so many surfaces in your home that could be harboring germs. While the novel coronavirus has you boarded up inside, you still need to go out for essential items, like food at the grocery store, take-out orders from restaurants and supplies from the pharmacy. And now, more than ever, you need to be cautious of surfaces you touch in public, like shopping carts, and be aware of the germs you might bring home. The best way to minimize your exposure to the disease known as COVID-19 is to keep your home disinfected and sanitised.
This Information brief provides relevant information and resources for COVID-19, its symptoms, routes of transmissions and control measures to reduce the risk of infection and transmission. What is COVID-19 Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that belongs to a large family of viruses that can make both humans and animals sick. This Family can cause illnesses that can range from the common cold to more severe diseases. The first reported case of COVID-19 was December 2019 in Wuhan City, China. Symptoms of COVID-19 1. COVID-19 symptoms can range from a mild illness to pneumonia, with varying severities of illness and levels of recovery based on personal and health factors (see ‘Who is at Risk?’ below). 2. Symptoms of coronavirus may include: – A fever (a temperature above 38 degrees is a good indicator of a low-level fever); – Flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue; and/or – Shortness of breath. How does it spread? The virus is known to spread through: – close contact with an infectious person; – contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze; and – touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have cough or sneeze droplets from an infected