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The essential guide to coronavirus

On 31 December 2019, the world was shocked by the appearance of a mysterious deadly infectious respiratory illness which has raised as a global alarm because of its high fatality level and infected more than 1,000 peoples across the globe, especially in Wuhan, China.

Wuhan Coronavirus or also known as Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was firstly identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province - China which is included in the category SARS-related coronaviruses.

Here's a look at what you need to know about Wuhan coronavirus that responsible for the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome worldwide.

Frequently asked questions about coronavirus

  • What is coronavirus?
  • What causes coronavirus?
  • How is coronavirus transmitted?
  • What are the symptoms of coronavirus in humans?
  • Why is coronavirus dangerous?
  • Can coronavirus be cured?
  • How can you prevent coronavirus?

What is coronavirus?

Coronavirus (CoV) is a group of viruses which are associated with respiratory tract infection to humans. Coronavirus presenting mild to moderate upper-respiratory symptoms, like the common cold but some are causes more severe illness including pneumonia and bronchitis.

These virus named after their corona or crown-like spikes found on its surface. According to the CDC, there are 7 different types of coronaviruses that scientists find which cause acute respiratory disease and highly infectious from human to human, these including MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV.

Coronavirus WHO update as per 25 January 2020

According to the latest situation report by WHO, there are 1,320 confirmed cases have been reported for Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in 10 countries, including:

  • China: 1,297 cases*
  • Japan: 3 cases
  • Republic of Korea: 2 cases
  • Vietnam: 2 cases
  • Singapore: 3 cases
  • Australia: 3 cases
  • Thailand: 4 cases
  • Nepal: 1 case
  • United States of America: 2 cases
  • France: 3 cases

*The 1,297 confirmed cases in China including 5 confirmed cases found in Hong Kong, 2 confirmed cases found in Macau, and 3 confirmed cases found in Taipei.

What causes coronavirus?

Coronavirus is considered a zoonotic disease, meaning these viruses are transmitted between animals to humans.

In the case of Wuhan coronavirus or Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), many researchers argued it may originate from the wild animals sold in the animal and seafood market in Wuhan such as bats and snakes.

How is coronavirus transmitted?

Coronaviruses are primarily transmitted through the air and primarily infect the upper respiratory and gastrointestinal tract. These virus transmitted from human to human from direct contact with an infected person through:

  • By the air - when infected people coughing and sneezing without covering the mouth
  • Close personal touch with a person that has the virus through touching and shaking hands
  • Making contact with an object or surface with the virus on it, and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
  • On rare cases, coronavirus colud also spread through contact with faeces

What are the symptoms of coronavirus in humans?

In general, this virus led cause common-cold like symptoms in humans, this includes:

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Body aches

You have to seek medical care right away if they develop respiratory symptoms.

Why is coronavirus dangerous?

The new coronavirus is spreading at an intense pace globally in less than a month, that is the main reasons just how dangerous the virus truly is.

Can coronavirus be cured?

At the moment, there is no specific treatment and no vaccine available to protect human against coronavirus infection.

How can you prevent coronavirus?

There are few things you can do to prevent a coronavirus infection, including:

  • Done proper hand hygiene practice by washing your hands regularly with soap and water for at least in 20 seconds
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers every time you touch many environmental surfaces
  • Keep your hands and fingers away to touch eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are infected, including hugging and/or shaking hands
  • Use masks to lowering the risk of contracting a virus through the fluids splash or spray from a sneeze or a cough, as well as provide extra protection against hand-to-mouth transmissions
  • Invest in an air purifier to efficiently kill bacteria and viruses floating in the air and keep the indoor air clean

How can Calmic help you to prevent coronavirus?

As the leading washroom hygiene provider in Indonesia, Calmic will assist you to manage hygiene risk, create safer business environments and healthier and more hygienic environment to your end-users.

We provide the widest comprehensive range of washroom products combined with a proactive service designed to ensures the highest standards of protection, hygiene and comfort in every business.

  • Hand sanitiser - Stop the spread of germs and illness with our comprehensive range of hand sanitiser dispensers. Extremely powerful hand sanitiser solution kills 99.9% of germs, including Swine Flu (H1N1), MRSA and E-coli.
  • Hand soap dispenser - Ensure the optimal hand hygiene facility to reduce the risk of cross-contamination after use of the toilet facilities.
  • Air purifier - The best solutions to eradicate harmful airborne particles and eliminate microorganisms, delivering a healthier and more productive indoor environment.

Contact us for an expert assessment of all of your hygiene requirements.