Coronavirus | Coronavirus Symptoms | What Is Coronavirus

Coronavirus | Coronavirus Symptoms | What Is Coronavirus


In this week’s video we’re going to be
looking at the novel coronavirus it’s time for an update and we’re going to be
looking at symptoms of coronavirus we’re going to be looking at how its spread
we’re going to be looking at current guidance self-isolation how to try and
prevent it and loads more now this is going to be quite a long video with lots
of useful information so at any point whilst I’m speaking feel free to click
in the description below we’ve broken down the content and time-stamped it so
you can find the information that you need quickly and efficiently let’s begin
with the symptoms so the truth is that just based on symptoms so without a test
it’s actually quite difficult to diagnose a novel coronavirus and the
reason is that symptoms are very similar to those that are seen in flu here’s a
list of the most common symptoms seen between the two and as you can see they
are quite similar but we’ve covered 19 one of the first kind of symptoms that
you present with is a fever so feeling hot to touch and all a continuous cough
but what does this mean well you could be coughing a lot for more than an hour
or you might have three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours now if you already
have a coffin you struggle with a cough your cough might become worse so if you
have these symptoms you need to take actionable steps to protect yourself and
others the current guidance in the UK is that if you have a new fever and/or a
continuous cough you need to self isolate straight away so stay at home
for seven days and if you live with anyone else in the household they also
need to stay at home for 14 days from the first day that that person in the
house developed their symptoms so the first day they developed the fever and
all the cough everyone needs to self isolate from that day and if you do live
with someone who is 70 or over has a weakened immune system has long-term
health conditions or is pregnant please try and find them somewhere else to stay
for the next 14 days if you do have to stay at home together please try and
stay away from each other as much as possible and during this period of self
isolation please stay at home so that means Doe visit your hospital don’t
visit your pharmacy don’t visit your doctor surgery or your dentist or any
other health care provider you also don’t need to contact NHS for more more
and whilst you’re doing this however you do need to contact them if you can’t
cope with your symptoms your symptoms are getting worse or you see no
improvement after seven days this is the current guidance from the NHS but please
remember this is a developing situation and every day
we are learning more about the novel coronavirus so most likely this guidance
will change this video was filmed on the 22nd of March 2020 so please stay up to
date with the latest NHS and w-h-o guidance which I will leave links to in
the description below so please check it out now let’s talk a little more about
the novel coronavirus so the w-h-o estimated the incubation period so this
is the period that you have the virus which shown us symptoms of the novel
coronavirus to be around 14 days so compare this to the flu when incubation
period is estimated to be around three days so this means that you could
potentially have the virus so you could potentially have the novel coronavirus
and be fine move around speak to people and potentially spread the virus at the
same time which this is on to the next question how is the novel coronavirus
spread well there’s actually some really good research coming out on this and we
know that the primary driver is through respiratory droplets that come from the
nose and mouth when a person costs or exhales these particles will also
temporarily hang in a closed environment so indoors and then you can potentially
breathe it in this is why during the winter time we tend to have more coughs
and colds because more people are indoors and because their air is drier
you have a higher hang time so these germs can hang around in the air for a
longer period more people are breathing it in and then you get researchers also
shown that the virus can survive on surfaces from a period of a few hours up
to two to three days providing the conditions of right so the right
temperature the right humidity and the right kind of surface now the novel
coronavirus has been shown to survive the longest on non-porous materials like
plastic and steel so what does this mean well you could potentially touch a
contaminated surface then all of a sudden your hands have the germs on them
they have the virus on them and then you may touch one of your mucous membranes
for your eyes your nose your mouth and all of a sudden the virus is in your
system which is why it’s so important that we wipe down these surfaces that we
all commonly touch like a keyboard like your phone like a door handle anything
you can think of really now let’s discuss social distancing first of all
what is it well it steps that you can take to reduce social interactions
when people to try and avoid you catching virus or spreading it in the UK
the current guidance is that everyone should do what they can to help reduce
the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus and this includes social
distancing to the best of your ability however social distancing is strongly
recommended for those who are 17 over those with long-term health conditions
pregnant women and those who have a weakened immune system so now we know a
little about social distancing let’s go through what is actually included let’s
list through the number one avoiding people who is showing symptoms of the
novel coronavirus such as having a fever and or a continuous cough and all the
other symptoms that we mentioned at the start of the video – avoiding
non-essential use of public transport and if you do have to use it not using
at rush hour so varying your time you use it when it’s less busy 3 working
from home work possible and your employer should support to do this for
avoiding large gatherings or gatherings in small places like coffee shops bars
pubs cinemas though this goes on 5 avoiding gatherings with friends and
family that you don’t live with and there’s loads of different ways that you
can contact each other without actually seeing each other so by a telephone by
FaceTime online social media there’s loads of different ways and number six
using your telephone or online services to contact your GP your pharmacy and any
other essential services now it’s understandable that you may
find social distancing a bit boring frustrating and it might even affect
your mood and make you feel alone and times like these is very easy to fall
into an unhealthy pattern of behavior that can make you feel much worse so
it’s really important that you stay mentally and physically active so
maintain a healthy lifestyle by having a balanced diet drinking enough fluids
sleeping enough exercising and having social contact
yes with anyone that lives with you but if you don’t live with anyone get in
contact with friends and loved ones via a telephone by a FaceTime by social
media there’s loads of different ways that we can contact each other without
physically seeing each other there’s also many little things that you can do
at home that can help as well so one of them is opening the window to let in
some fresh air and also open the since regularly to get in some natural
light and all of this will make you feel better you can go out into the garden as
well you can also go outside and exercise go for a walk but try and
maintain a 2 meter distance or a 2 meter gap between you and anyone else
once again this guidance can change I probably will change in the future so
please stay today I will leave a link to the public health England page about
this in the description below so please check it out and stay out today I did
tell you this video is going to be quite long there’s lots of useful information
in there but please remember like I said at the start we have done a breakdown of
the entire video in the description below so feel free to click on it at any
point see the relevant time stamp click on it and it will take you to that
information that you want to know about now let’s move on to treatments so far
looking at the numbers we know that around 80% of patients with Cova 19 have
mild to moderate symptoms and they recover with rest plenty of fluids and
paracetamol to ease the symptoms the bad news however is that 15 to 20 percent of
patients with kovat 19 get severe complications and these tends to be in
the more elderly and patients with underlying health conditions this is why
social distancing is actually so important for this group of patients now
when it comes to treatment there is no specific treatment for kovin 19 our
bodies will naturally fight the virus and in most cases we will win supportive
treatment in hospital is mainly for those 15 to 20 percent of severe cases
who will need intensive care support to help treat their symptoms and sometimes
may need mechanical ventilation to help the body breathe whilst your immune
system is fighting off the virus antibiotics also don’t work for covert
19 because it’s a virus also Tama vir also known as Tamiflu this is a drug
that we use for seasonal flu this also work work on Cobra 19 because the virus
doesn’t have an analogue to it but saying all that there is actually some
good news there’s currently some really interesting research going on using
certain medicines that we already have on covert 19 so you now know quite a lot
of information on the novel coronavirus but what about preventative tips to
protect you and others now some of these you may already know and some of them
you might not know so let’s run through them so tip number one kill the viruses
that are on your hands by washing your hands frequently with soap or water now
if it’s not available to you you can use alcohol hand
sanitizer instead but just a quick note please make sure that you’re washing
your hands properly so you have to do it for at least 20 seconds and there is a
proper way of doing it the NHS have made a really good video on this and I will
leave a link to it in the description below but also please remember this if
you are using alcohol hand sanitizing gel please use it properly because I see
so many people using it incorrectly they just squirt in their hands or just rub
it like this you have to spread it everywhere there is a proper way to do
it and I will also leave a link to that in the description below to tip number
two if you have to cough or sneeze please cover your mouth and nose with
either a flexed elbow or preferably a tissue and then throw it in the bin
straight away please do not pour that tissue in your pocket and use it later I
have seen people do that tip number three please avoid contact with anyone
who is showing signs of respiratory illness so all the symptoms we spoke
about earlier about over 19 symptoms such as a fever and all a new continuous
cough but if you do have to come in contact with them please maintain a
minimum of one meter which is three feet between you and then and the reason for
this we spoke about earlier about how the virus is spread through respiratory
droplets when someone coughs or sneezes by maintaining this distance it’s
hopefully going to avoid you from catching that virus tip number four try
not to touch commonly touch surfaces as I mentioned earlier research has shown
that the virus can last from a couple of hours to two to three days if the
conditions are right so please wipe down commonly touch
surfaces such as keyboards such as door handles anything that you can think of
and also when you can try not to use your hands to touch this so use your
elbows use your hips be creative tip number five is probably
the hardest to get used to and that’s trying to avoid shaking hands hugging
and kissing I know it can sometimes seem rude when you don’t shake someone’s hand
but everyone is pretty much aware of what’s going on and how we’re trying to
reduce the spread of this virus so please try and avoid it tip number six
if you’re feeling unwell if you’re feeling sick please stay at home so as I
mentioned earlier about all the other symptoms but remember if you have a
fever and or a continuous cough please stay at home by doing this you’re going
to help reduce the spread of the virus and you’re protecting your community
until seven please try and maintain social
distancing to the best of your ability by doing this it’s going to help prevent
you from catching and spreading the novel coronavirus we should use times
like this to bring out the best in us because we are all in this together we
should really look out for each other be kind and supportive of each other
healthcare systems are under unprecedented pressures at the moment
hospitals community pharmacies GP surgeries they are all dealing with
workloads that have not seen for a long time we need you to help us more than
ever before right now so please use online resources such as the NHS WHL
website to find out informations that can answer your questions in the first
instance our systems are robust and they are designed to cope with your
healthcare needs but they are not infinite and we need you to act
responsibly at this time this means try your best to avoid your GP surgery if it
really isn’t necessary at the moment this means don’t over order or stop our
medicines medicines are inadequate supply and there is no risk of shortage
unless we create a shortage by over ordering and stockpiling medicines and
finally please remember that the measures your pharmacies and GP
practices have put into place such as 2-meter barriers such as telephone
triaging have all been put into place to protect you to protect us and the most
vulnerable in society this video was filmed on the 22nd of March 2020 so
please stay up to date with the latest NHS and w-h-o guidance which I will
leave links to in the description below so please check it out thank you for
watching this video I really hope you find this information helpful always
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