WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT COVID-19


Follow the advice of national and local health authorities on how to protect yourself and others against Covid-19. Health authorities are following the stages of this pandemic and updating the recommendations.

Ciudad Juarez doubles the national death rate and yesterday officially exceeded two hundred deaths per Covid-19, while it is close to 900 infections. According to data provided by Arturo Valenzuela Zorrilla, medical director of the Northern Zone, this border counts 208 deaths and 883 infections.

Mexico City is the place with the highest number of infections (8,705) and deaths (729) registered by the COVID-19. And in addition to hospitals, funeral services are the ones that suffer the most from the rapid increase in those numbers.

Current data on Covid-19 indicates that 80% of people who contracted the disease had mild flu-like symptoms and recovered without any special treatment. The remaining 20% experienced more severe symptoms, 5% of which were severe and required hospitalization and breathing assistance. People over 60 years old with diseases such as high blood pressure, heart problems, or diabetes are more likely to develop a serious illness. About 2.0% of people with this virus infection died. Most of the deaths occurred in older adults with pre-existing conditions, mainly chronic diseases.

SARS-Cov-2 that caused Covid-19
SARS-Cov-2 that caused Covid-19

The pathways for the virus to enter the body are the mouth, nose, and eyes. Therefore, face shields are not a source of protection, as the eyes are left uncovered and are also a route of entry for the disease. However, they can be used to prevent the patient from spreading saliva drops. There is no need to excessively purchase them, partly because this causes shortages and affects the people who do need them.

A person can get Covid-19 from contact with another person who is infected with the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through droplets from the nose or mouth that are released when an infected person coughs or breathes out. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person, so other people can get Covid-19 if they touch these objects or surfaces and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth. They can also become infected if they inhale the droplets that have been spread by a person with Covid-19 when they cough or breathe out.

The virus is most easily spread when an infected person has symptoms, but it is also possible to spread the virus before there are symptoms. Symptoms appear 2 to 14 days after infection. So far, there is no vaccine or specific treatment, only treatment of symptoms, and supportive care for severe cases.

It is recommended that the population follow a series of simple measures to reduce the risk of infection. The main measures are:

Frequent hand washing with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water, as this will kill the virus on the hands.

Maintain a social distance of at least 1 meter between you and other people, particularly those who cough, sneeze, and have a fever. It is important to understand that when someone with a respiratory illness such as Covid-19 coughs or sneezes, it projects small droplets containing the virus that causes this illness. Also, if you are too close, you can inhale the virus.

When coughing or sneezing, do so on the inside of the flexed elbow or with a tissue; throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands. This action prevents the spread of germs and viruses. Covering your hands when you cough is likely to contaminate objects or people you touch.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Hands touch many surfaces that may be contaminated with the virus. If you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with your contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself. Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched at home and in the workspace.

The most common symptoms of Covid-19 disease are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have pain, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, or diarrhea. Some people become infected, but do not develop any symptoms and are not sick.

Care

If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice quickly. This could be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call 911 in advance and report any recent travel or contact you have had with travelers or the sick.

The above symptoms may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Respiratory symptoms with fever can have several causes and, depending on your travel history and personal circumstances, one of them may be the SARS-Cov-2 that caused Covid-19. Calling ahead will allow you to be directed quickly to the appropriate health care facility. This will also help prevent the spread of this and other viruses.

This will also help prevent the spread of this and other viruses. Staying home prevents contact with other people and allows medical centers to function more effectively. This action protects you and others from possible infection by covid-19 virus or others.

Stay at home

In Mexico there is an objective to cut off the mechanisms of contagion through the following prevention measures: cancellation of classes and closure of the different places of mass concentration, promoting that people stay at home, that they carry out the basic prevention measures mentioned above and maintain a healthy diet, including fruits and vegetables.

Remember: we are not on vacation; stay home as much as possible. Keep yourself informed and follow the instructions of the health authorities.