Updated March 21, 2020. This post will continue to be updated as more information is available.

With an alarming rate of people getting infected by the virus, it is important to know what Coronavirus is about and how to protect yourself from it.

What is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that causes illness. It ranges from the common cold to more severe diseases such as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). It is identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.

How is it transmitted and passed?

Coronaviruses are zoonotic which means that the viruses are being transmitted through animals and people. When in close contact with someone who is infected with a respiratory disease, like 2019-nCoV, there is a chance of getting infected. This happens as when they cough or sneeze, small droplets spreads then spreading the virus. In short, it is passed along like a cold or flu.

What are the symptoms?

Common signs of infection include the following: Fever, cough and/or shortness of breath/breathing difficulties.

In more severe cases, infection can cause the following: 1. Pneumonia 2. Severe acute respiratory syndrome 3. Kidney failure and even death.

How can I protect myself?

We recommend practicing and maintaining a good hygiene:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser regularly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
  • Stay at home if you come down with symptoms like fever, cough and/or sore throat.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you are concerned about virus transmissions in your area, consider avoiding crowded places.
  • If you suspect your home has been exposed to COVID-1, NEA has recommended five steps to sanitise your home.

  • When I should be tested for the virus?

    Seek medical care early if you have fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing. Let your health provider know if you have travelled to a country with widespread cases of COVID-19 in the past two weeks or if you have been in close contact with someone who has a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19.

    I think I’m at risk and want to see a doctor. What should I do?

    If any of the above mentioned applies to you, we recommend contacting our doctor via telemedicine or your local doctor to discuss.

    For further information, please check the latest from WHO or MOH.