What is Novel Coronavirus?
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome – Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
According to the discovered cases so far, the symptoms may include the following:
- Fever and cough.
- Shortness of breath
- Congestion in the nose and throat
- In advanced cases, the patient can have very serious complications, which may lead to death, such as: severe pneumonia.
Ways of protection against the The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERC-CoV)
- The Ministry of Health recommends citizens and residents generally to abide by the following health guidelines to limit the outbreak of flu and infectious respiratory diseases until we know the ways of the virus transmission:
Wash your hands well and continually with water and soap, or with other disinfectants used for hand washing, especially after coughing, sneezing and using toilets. Also, don’t forget to wash your hands before and after handling or preparing foods, and when dealing with patients or their personal tools.
|Try as much as possible to avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth with your hand, because it can transmit the virus after touching surfaces contaminated with the virus.
|Avoid as much as possible contacting with infected people.
Use handkerchief when coughing or sneezing and cover your mouth and nose with it, then get rid of the handkerchief in a waste basket. If there are no handkerchiefs, it is preferred to cough or sneeze in the top of your arm, not in the hands (palms).
|Put on face-masks in overcrowded places, especially during Hajj or Umrah.
Adhere to hygiene.
|Pay attention to other health habits as the nutritional balance and physical activity, as well as taking enough share of sleep, as it helps to increase the body’s immunity.
Is there a medication available for this disease?
There is no available vaccine or a qualitative medication available for this disease so far, however, patients take a supportive medication to deal with the complications and alleviate their impacts, till the patient exceeds the danger stage.