COVID-19: Guidelines And Helpline Service Issued By WHO!
COVID-19 cases continue to increase globally with reports from 6 new countries. The situation continues to be worse in Italy with 4,825 reported deaths until Sunday. Spain reported a surge of cases, 1300 deaths till Saturday.
WHO Health Alert messaging service: To increase access to reliable information, WHO has partnered with Facebook and WhatsApp to launch a WHO Health Alert messaging service.
The service will provide the latest news and information on COVID-19, including details on symptoms and how people can protect themselves. To access it, send the word “hi” to the following number on WhatsApp: +41 798 931 892. The Health Alert service is now available in English and will be introduced in other languages next week
WHO recommendation is that if you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected SARS-CoV-2 infection.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend that people who are well wearing a face mask (including respirators) to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
How long can the SARS-CoV-2 remain on surfaces:
Experimentally, the virus was found to be viable in aerosols for 3 hours, 48 hours on stainless steel surfaces, 72 hours on plastic, four hours on copper and 24 hours on cardboard.
The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2: SARS-CoV-2 is the 7th coronavirus known to infect humans. Since the first reports of novel pneumonia (COVID-19) in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, there has been considerable discussion on the origin of the causative virus, SARS-CoV-2. In this analysis, the authors clearly show that SARS-CoV-2 is not a laboratory construct or a purposefully manipulated virus.