COVID-19 Yeni Koronavirüs

What is COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)?

Viruses, which can cause disease in humans and animals and have a lot of types, are called “coronavirus”. These viruses, which generally cause cold in humans, can have led to conditions that might result in death. The SARS-CoV epidemic, which outbroke in 2002 at Guangdong state of China, spread 17 countries worldwide. During this epidemic, 8098 individuals were infected and 774 of these passed away. The MERS-CoV epidemic, which outbroke in 2012 in Saudi Arabia, has affected 27 countries worldwide, 861 individuals out of 2499, who were infected, lost their lives.

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How did COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) emerge?

During the last days of 2019, a clustering is detected among the pneumonia patients, who applied to hospitals in Wuhan located at the Hubei state of china. Epidemiologically, the first cases are related to an animal bazaar in Wuhan. On 27 December 2019, three patients were admitted to a Wuhan hospital with severe pneumonia. The first case is a 49-year-old fishmonger that works at the respective animal bazaar. The second patient is a 61 male that is a regular customer of the bazaar.

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How does COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) spread?

The samples, which are taken from the first patients, have been tested for multiple pathogens.  A novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which is 85 % similar to the bat SARS-CoV virus, is detected. It is detected that the virus spreads through droplets and close contact. On January 1st, 2020, the animal bazaar that is considered as the outbreak point is closed. 

The virus spreads through droplets. The virus can spread through the Inhalation of droplets, which are released through the cough of a COVID-19 carrier. Moreover, it can also spread after you touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth without washing your hands after contacting a surface, on which the droplets are present.

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Which countries and how many people have been infected with COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)?

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Who are at a higher risk concerning the spreading of COVID-19?

When we look at the present cases, elderly individuals (65 years or above), patients that are suffering from a chronic disease such as coronary conditions, hypertension, diabetics, chronic respiratory tract diseases or cancer are affected more. When all numbers are considered, it is possible to say that 80% of the infected individuals show mild symptoms. The remaining 20 % requires inpatient treatment. Also, children are rarely affected by this virus. There is not adequate scientific information about the effects this virus has over pregnant women. Moreover, there is limited information about the transmission between the mother and baby during pregnancy.

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How is COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) diagnosed?

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) is diagnosed with molecular tests that are performed at Turkish Health Institutions assigned by the Ministry of Health.

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)?

The early symptoms include coughing, tightness around the chest, fever and shortness of breath. During the further stages, the coughing and shortness of breath might become more severe and symptoms similar to pneumonia might be present.

To what you should pay attention in order to protect yourself from COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)?

Wash your hand for 20 seconds

Wash your hand for 20 seconds

Pay attention to your hand hygiene. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, in the cases where there is no soap and water you can use alcohol-based hand disinfectant.

Do not touch your face

Do not touch your face

Do not touch your mouth, nose, and eyes without washing your hands.

Keep your social distance

Keep your social distance

Keep your social distance from other people in crowded places. Keep 1.5 meters of space between individuals.

Close your mouth with a tissue while coughing

Close your mouth with a tissue while coughing

While you are coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue and in cases where there are no tissues, you can use the inner part of your elbow.

Do not share your personal belongings

Do not share your personal belongings

Do not share your personal belongings (daily items such as towels, etc.) with others.

Avoid physical contact

Avoid physical contact

Avoid close contacts such as handshakes, hugs, etc.

Follow the healthy life rules

Follow the healthy life rules

Drink lots of fluids, eat balanced and pay attention to your sleeping schedule.

If you have symptoms, consult a physician

If you have symptoms, consult a physician

If you are suffering from fever, coughing, shortness of breath, wear a mask and apply to the nearest medical institution.

Pay attention to the 14-Days rule

Pay attention to the 14-Days rule

Keep yourself isolated for 14 days after you travel. During this period, if you experience any kind of respiratory symptoms, apply to the nearest medical institution while wearing a mask and inform the physician about your travel history.

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