To warn against the spread of fake news on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III urged the public to only source information from official DOH websites and accounts.
What is a novel coronavirus?
According to the WHO, a novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.
The official name of the virus is 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD).
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses causing a range of illnesses, from the common cold to more serious infections.
Some of the serious infections include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-related Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-related Coronavirus (SARS-CoV).
Where did the 2019-nCoV originate?
The first reported case was in Wuhan, China last December 31, 2019.
How is the 2019-nCoV transmitted?
The WHO has confirmed human-to-human transmission, although health experts say they are accelerating their research to fully determine the intensity of human-to-human transmission, full clinical features, and the original source of the outbreak.
Is there a treatment or vaccine for the 2019-nCoV?
There is no specific treatment or vaccine yet for the 2019-nCoV. However, the DOH said many of the symptoms can be treated based on the patient’s clinical conditions.
Supportive care for infected persons can also be highly effective.
What can I do to protect myself?
Practice good hygiene and boost your immune system.
- Wash hands and disinfect regularly
- Wear face mask especially in crowded areas
- Boost your immune system
- Maintain cleanliness at home and in the workplace
- Seek medical help for any flu-like symptoms
- Pray for God’s guidance
HOW TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
- Stay hydrated
- Eat foods rich in vitamin C
- Exercise regularly
- Get enough quality sleep