Perhaps prevention is always the most successful treatment method, many countries are seeking to establish programs to prevent diseases and reduce rates of infection. And we must be concerned with knowing the causes of the disease, methods of infection and the reasons for its spread. “Knowledge is the basis for prevention”. Each of us has a responsibility to educate others about prevention, and as we know “Prevention is better than Cure”
The best way to protect myself and my family from the COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Please do not touch the eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Do not share personal tools and items, especially those that are difficult to sterilize, such as; toothbrushes, towels, needles, and nail clippers.
- Use a tissue in coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue into the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- There should be more personal space between you and others than usual.
- Vaccinate your pet as recommended by your veterinarian.
How contagious is the coronavirus?
It appears to spread very easily, making containment efforts difficult. The extent of the disease depends on the speed with which the virus is easily transmitted from person to person.
The new Corona virus appears to spread very easily, especially in homes, trips and other confined spaces. It is more prevalent than SARS, another corona virus that spread to China in 2003 and has caused the disease of nearly 8,000 people.
The pathogen can travel through the air, surrounded by small respiratory drops that are produced when the affected person breathes, chats, coughs or sneezes.
How long does it take to show symptoms of coronavirus?
Symptoms appear between five and seven days, allowing the patient to detect them.
Some diseases, such as influenza, have a short incubation period of two or three days. People may get rid of infectious virus particles before flu symptoms appear, making it nearly impossible to identify and isolate people who have the virus. The new coronavirus has an incubation period of 2 to 14 days. When symptoms begin to appear, they may include fever, coughing, difficulty breathing, or shortness of breath.
But simple cases may simply resemble the flu or bad colds, and people may be able to spread the new coronavirus even before clear symptoms appear.
Is my pet at risk from the Coronavirus, or will my pet infect me?
The CDC says that, at present, there is no evidence to suggest that dogs or cats will become a source of infection of Coronavirus in other animals or humans.
In late February, Hong Kong authorities quarantined a dog after samples from the dog’s nasal cavity and mouth tested “weak positive” for the virus. The dog’s owner had tested positive for Coronavirus. Currently, the dog has tested positive multiple times, but is not showing signs of illness. Authorities believe it is a case of human to animal transmission but stress that it is not cause for alarm.
It’s important to remember that viruses can sometimes infect a species but not cause illness in that species, nor become transmissible to others. Again, it is not believed that pets such as cats or dogs can pass Coronavirus to humans.
If you have Coronavirus you should restrict your contact with pets and other animals, just like you would with other people. Avoid direct contact with pets, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask as directed by your physician.
As a matter of everyday health, it is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets to help avoid transmission.