What you should know about the coronavirus pandemic

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new norovirus strain that emerged from Wuhan December 2019. Coronaviruses have been in existence for a long time, causing sickness for animals and humans. Since it emerged, this virus has spread rapidly throughout the world, killing over a million people while infecting many more. Although vaccines have been developed and efforts are being made in various countries to curb the virus’s spread, the response and outcomes in different countries differ. The fact that new strains of the virus are emerging makes it even more complicated to deal with.

Australia is one of the few countries that has successfully dealt with the virus to a large extent, and this was only possible because of extensive testing and tracking, very aggressive lockdown measures, and nationwide strategic healthcare approach. Despite this, it is still important to stay safe and follow all health care precautions.

COVID-19 in Victoria

20,361 cases of COVID-19 were reported in Victoria as of December 23 2020. However, the worst is now far behind us as there have been zero cases in regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne in the past fourteen days. Also, there has been no new transmission in communities for 54 consecutive days, and any new the latest case reported was of an international visitor. There are only 10 active cases at the moment in the state, and with no new deaths, the death toll for the state remains at 820. Testing remains ongoing as this is one of the best ways to stay safe and stay in the open. Thus, anyone who notices a symptom if the virus such as losing appetite, shortness of breath, signs of common cold or flu, fever, etc. should come for tests. Testing centres will open every day, with some sites even open on Christmas day. Information is the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19, and below are some of the basic things you should know.

Understanding COVID-19?

One of the reasons for the COVID-19 becoming a pandemic is the ease of its spread. All it takes to spread is contact with the infected person or fluids from the infected person getting into your body. You can also contract the virus if you touch an object or surface that has the virus on it touch your face with the same hand without washing it first.

Prevention they say is the best cure. The most effective way to avoid contracting COVID-19 is to follow all guidelines on facemasks, minimal contacts, handwashing, avoidance of large gatherings, and disinfecting places and surfaces that people use frequently. If you notice symptoms, the next thing you should do is go for a test, there are up to 60 testing centres in Victoria, and you can go to the nearest to you.

The symptoms vary in different people. There won’t be any symptoms in some people, and some would develop mild symptoms. In other cases, the symptoms can be serious. This usually happens in people with prior health problems that can be considered risk factors or in older people and aboriginal people over 50 years.