COVID-19 has already reached the UK and poses a threat to national health security. Together we can prevent it if take serious the instructions below!
Currently, there are more than 785, 000 cases of COVID-19 in the world. The good news is that more than 165,000 people recovered from the disease. Unfortunately, more than 37,000 have fallen victims to the outbreak.
For today, the UK is in the top 10 countries with the most cases of COVID-19. More than 22,000 total cases with the death rate around 6% which is 2% more than in China. Thus, it poses a threat to national health security. Therefore, we must make every effort to prevent COVID-19 from further spreading.
COVID-19 – what you need to know before handling the threat?
First thing to remember is no panic. COVID-19 has been covered by the media but there is still a lot of speculation about it. Thus, it’s crucial to understand the basic things about coronavirus to decrease the risk of catching it.
Unfortunately, the symptoms of COVID-19 are pretty similar to common cold:
- Shortness of breath;
- Sore throat;
In case of appearing the above mentioned symptoms, you will need to consult with your doctor. He or she will elaborate your current health condition and determine whether you need a COVID-19 test or not.
Please, if you develop the emergency signs of COVID-19 – immediately seek help:
- Inability to breath properly;
- Bluish face and lips;
- Chest pain;
- Suffocating cough.
It’s not the full list of symptoms! As you may see, these symptoms are similar to various other common cold diseases. Due to overwhelming medical personnel workload in clinics, it’s a good idea to use 111 coronavirus service before going to your GP. The service will help you to predetermine if you have definitive symptoms of COVID-19 and need immediate medical attention.
Risk of Transmission COVID-19
Coronavirus is a highly transmitted disease that finds its way from one person to another through:
- Cough droplets (directly from inhaling of the droplets from one person to another and indirectly via objects);
- Sneezing droplets;
- Saliva of infected people.
Nevertheless, due to the novelty of the disease, there may be other means of transmitting. Thus, it’s imperative to maintain high standards of hygiene.
Who are at higher risk for COVID-19?
Older people and individuals with chronic conditions (diabetes, heart diseases, respiratory disease) are at most risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19.
How can you reduce the risk of COVID-19?
The most recommended steps to take are:
- Wash your hands regularly (You need to wash your hands for a least 20 seconds with soap);
- Cover your nose and mouth with sleeve when sneezing or coughing;
- Use disposable tissues;
- Regularly use sanitisers;
- Avoid crowds of people;
- Do not leave your home unless it’s necessary.
How does the UK fight COVID-19?
According to the GOV.UK, the UK has prepared a plan to handle the outbreak. For today, the UK is in the delay phase that intends to avoid more cases of COVID-19. At the same time, the government conducts and supports research to find the cure.
COVID-19 – Response Phases
It’s an initial phase of fighting any pandemic outbreak. The main goal is to identify and contain individuals that can be carriers of the virus. During the contain phase, people who returned from high risk locations should be identified, tested and contained. At the same time, individuals who experience symptoms of COVID-19 are to be isolated and diagnosed. In the case of outbreak, isolation of individuals is crucial for public health security. It’s also crucial to identify people who had contacts with infected patients. In addition, the NHS should inform and prepare citizens for the COVID-19 threat.
This phase is similar to the contain phase. The main goal in this phase is to delay the peak of outbreak. It involves implementation of emergency measures in order to reduce the number of cases. Therefore, the NHS prepares campaigns to inform citizens about individual action that they can take to prevent the widespread spread of the disease. It includes reminders to wash hands, wear masks in public places, avoid touching your face, etc. Large public gathering may be prohibited. Some places that are not crucial for city life can be closed. The delay phase is needed to buy time for the research phase.
It’s a fundamental phase that works as a core element of overall strategy to fight coronavirus. The research phase includes development and testing of the vaccine. As a result, the coordinated research will enable the rapid development of COVID-19 testing kit. It’s crucial to delay and contain the virus in the UK.
This phase is based on the collaboration between various medical institutions around the globe. As a result, it will ensure COVID-19 containment and elimination.
This phase includes more significant measures to handle the outbreak. In other words, the main goal in the mitigation phase is to prioritize crucially import services of integral health infrastructure. In addition, the most serious complications of COVID-19 will be in priority of the medical personnel.
This phase includes continuous advising of citizens, businesses and communities on how to tackle the virus. In addition, more serious measures orientated to the overall protection may be implemented. It includes complete lockdown of not crucial infrastructure and public transport.
How does the COVID-19 outbreak affect our services?
Despite the uncertainties posed by the COVID-19 outbreak, our company will continue to provide services with minimal disruption. We will make every effort to ensure uninterrupted medical supply to our customers. Nevertheless, due to the current global threat, we advise to place orders in advance. It will significantly help us to deal with unforeseen disruptions. In any case, we will continue to keep you informed about our services during the outbreak.