Wuhan Novel Coronavirus
A coronavirus is a type of virus, as a group they are common across the world.
Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia, causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. The coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems (including older people and those with chronic conditions like diabetes or cancer).
The Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China. No cases of Wuhan coronavirus have been detected in Gibraltar at present, and we currently consider the risk to our population to be low. We are however, ensuring there are sufficient procedures and equipment in place to isolate any cases and prevent further spread if /when the virus arrives.
On Thursday 30th January 2020, the World Health Organisation declared the Wuhan Coronavirus a global health emergency.This definition is used to describe serious unusual,or unexpected health events. Only 5 such emergencies have been declared in the past decade.
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Can we stop the virus coming to the Gibraltar?
No system of checks can offer absolute protection because of the incubation period of the virus. Some people might only show symptoms 11-12 days after exposure to an infected person. Our screening procedure at present is as follows:
If someone is critically ill, as always, call for an ambulance immediately on 190.
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Methods to ensure you stay healthy and prevent the spread of infection include:
This remains the simplest, cheapest and most effective way to prevent the spread of infection. You should clean your hands:
• After blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing
• After visiting the toilet or changing a nappy
• Before eating, drinking and handling food
• If your hands are dirty.
You can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available, but remember this will only work on visibly clean hands.