Public Health In Focus: The Covid-19


Coronavirus, Corona Virus, Covid-19, Virus, Pandemic


Public health was a significant part of the 2018 San Diego Conference. The conference also emphasized the importance of family strengthening and perinatal health in the midst of a health crisis, such as the spread of the COVID-19 disease. It was announced that most of the upcoming events for the coming year were canceled due to the outbreak. Public health is asking everyone to take the necessary precautions to reduce or lower the incidence of COVID spread. Social distancing was one of the highlights, with the speakers urging the audience and practically all individuals to protect themselves and their families through some essential methods.

Let us discuss here the overview, symptoms, and prevention of Corona Virus Disease 2019.


COVID-19 is a contagious disease that is caused by a relatively new virus that affects the respiratory system. Illness initially begins as flu, which may include symptoms like cold, cough, or fever. The disease spreads mainly through direct contact with the infected individual when he sneezes or coughs. One can also be infected when he touches something that the virus has stuck and then touches his mouth, eyes, or nose. The virus lives for a few days on wood and paper and hours on other surfaces.


When a person is infected, he gets sick from day 1 to 14 before developing the main symptoms, the most common of which are fever, malaise, and dry cough. However, about 80% of those who get infected recover fully without needing any specific treatment. COVID can be life-threatening for seniors with existing medical conditions (those with asthma, cardiac conditions, or diabetes).

One can protect himself from spreading the virus or from getting infected through these simple but very important ways.
An Airman washes her hands with soap and water at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, Joint Base San Antonio Lackland, Texas, Dec. 13. Hand washing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness in all environments. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Corey Hook)
Washing your hands with water and soap for 20 seconds is the first front line method. It gets rid of the virus and other bacteria that you may have touched from the outside environment. When you sneeze or cough, don’t forget to cover your nose and mouth with a hanky or your arm. Social distancing, a very common term nowadays, means avoiding close contact with infected or non-infected people, about 1 to 3 meters. Lastly, if you think you are unwell, do stay home and isolate yourself to avoid contaminating others.

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