COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus, SARS – CoV-2  that has been rapidly transmitting around the world since it originated in Wuhan, in the Hubei province of China in November 2019. 

Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat and shortness of breath. The virus can spread from person to person, but good hygiene can prevent infection.

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Take care of your health and protect others

Regularly clean your hands with either an alcohol-based hand rub, or wash them thoroughly with soap and water (for a duration of 20 seconds is recommended).

Maintain social distancing. When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Practice respiratory hygiene.  This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.  Dispose of the used tissue immediately.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early, but call in advance. 

Follow the directions of your local health authority. 

Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.  

Useful links 

World Health Organisation – Disease Information

World Health Organisation - South East Asia Information

World Health Organisation – Western Pacific Information

Centre for Strategic and International Studies - South East Asia Covid-19 Tracker 

U.S. Phamacopeia Website