We found the following information from the UK NHS, Canada, Taiwan and Japan.
We hope you find it useful.
The new NCP coronavirus may show no signs of infection for many days, so how do you know if you are infected?
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
It's very unlikely to be coronavirus if:
- you have not been in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus
- you have not been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus in the last 14 days – see the NHS coronavirus advice for travellers
If you think you might have coronavirus, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
NEVER FORGET TO WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY AND REGULARLY.
MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING - KEEP AT LEAST TWO METRES APART (EXCEPTING PEOPLE YOU LIVE WITH)
SELF-ISOLATE IF YOU'RE OVER 70 OR HAVE UNDERLYING HEALTH CONDITIONS
Given the latest information says that the incubation period can be up to 20 days before the symptoms of COVID 19 become visible, it is worth self-checking. When a person has a fever and / or cough and has to be admitted to hospital, the lungs are usually 50% fibrous and it is quite late!
The Taiwan experts offer a simple self-check that we can do every morning: Take a deep breath and hold your breath for more than 10 seconds.
If you successfully complete the exam without a cough, no discomfort, no plumpness or tightness, it will show that there is no fibrosis in the lungs, which basically means no infection.
Please perform a self-test every morning in critical times in a clean air environment!
Japanese doctors treating COVID-19 cases offer this advise:
Everyone should make sure your mouth and throat is moist and never dry.
Take a few sips of water at least every 15 minutes.
WHY? Even if the virus gets into your mouth drinking warm water or other fluids flushes it through your esophagus into your stomach. Once there, the stomach acid kills the virus. If you don't drink enough water regularly the virus can get into your trachea and lungs.
This is clearly a dangerous virus. It is up to each and every one of us to help protect ourselves against it and act thoughtfully towards other.
If you're pregnant and concerned here is the NHS advice.
Please send this information to your family, friends and everyone you know.
AND REMEMBER: WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY AND REGULARLY.
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