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Case Definitions for COVID-19

WHO periodically updates the Global Surveillance for human infection with COVID-19. For easy reference, case definitions are listed below. Suspect case a) A patient with acute respiratory illness (fever and at least one sign/symptom of respiratory disease, e.g., cough, shortness of breath), AND a history of travel to or residence[…]

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Children and COVID-19

Cases of COVID-19 infection in children are typically quite mild; however their reactions to Covid-19 can be varied. People with mild or no symptoms of infection, including children, are all likely to play a role in the transmission and spread of COVID-19 in the community. Therefore, social distancing, hand washing[…]

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COVID-19-What do you mean by “flattening the curve”?

When studying how infectious diseases are, epidemiologists look at specific parameters of risk, namely: The transmission rate (the number of people who can be infected from a single case) The fatality rate (the number of deaths seen) Whether transmission of the infection is possible whilst showing no symptoms at all[…]

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Routes of transmission from COVID patients

Based on reports about the transmission of COVID-19, WHO has provided a brief overview of available evidence on transmission from symptomatic, pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic people infected with COVID-19. Symptomatic transmission A symptomatic COVID-19 case is defined as a case who has developed signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 virus infection.[…]

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WHO Strategic Objectives for COVID-19

WHO strategic objectives include: Interruption of  human-to-human transmission including reducing secondary infections among close contacts and health care workers, preventing transmission amplification events, and preventing further international spread Identification, isolation and care for patients early, including providing optimised care for infected patients Identification and reduction of transmission from the animal[…]

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COVID-19 – Advice for respiratory infections

Individuals should stay at home (self-isolate) for 10 days from the onset of symptoms. If you have serious symptoms that you cannot manage at home, please call a GP for advice. After 10 days of self-isolation, people who feel better and no longer have any symptoms can return to their[…]

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Understanding COVID-19

Understanding COVID-19 Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases; as a group they are common across the world.  Coronaviruses are zoonotic – this means that they are transmitted between animals and people. COVID-19 is the infectious disease[…]

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Transmission of COVID-19

COVID-19 is mainly passed on by person-to-person spread between people who are in close contact with one another and by droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. However, a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the virus that causes COVID-19 remains on[…]

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What is the difference between Influenza and COVID-19 ?

Both COVID-19 and Influenza cause respiratory disease; however, there are important differences between the two viruses and how they spread. This has important implications for the public health measures that can be implemented to respond to each virus. How are COVID-19 and influenza viruses similar? COVID-19 and influenza viruses both[…]

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