Covid-19 news dated 04/03/2020
Updated: Apr 17
Common Questions about Coronavirus Covid-19:
What is the recovery time for the coronavirus disease?
Using available preliminary data, the median time from onset to clinical recovery for mild cases is approximately 2 weeks and is 3-6 weeks for patients with severe or critical disease.
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How does the coronavirus disease spread?
The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
What is the treatment for the coronavirus disease?
There is no specific treatment for disease caused by a novel coronavirus. However, many of the symptoms can be treated and therefore treatment based on the patient's clinical condition.
Is coughing a symptom of the coronavirus disease?
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually.
Can you contract the coronavirus disease by touching a surface?
People could catch COVID-19 by touching contaminated surfaces or objects – and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
How can you prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease?
wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds.
always wash your hands when you get home or into work.
use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.
What is the NHS coronavirus helpline?
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do. Use the 111 coronavirus service. Information: Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Is the coronavirus disease new?
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.
Is the coronavirus disease more severe than the flu?
COVID-19 causes more severe disease than seasonal influenza. While many people globally have built up immunity to seasonal flu strains, COVID-19 is a new virus to which no one has immunity. That means more people are susceptible to infection, and some will suffer severe disease. Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died. By comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected.
What should you do if you think you have the coronavirus disease?
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority. What is the official name of the coronavirus disease?
ICTV announced “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)” as the name of the new virus on 11 February 2020.
What is the coronavirus disease?
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a type of coronavirus.
What is the coronavirus small business interuption loan?
A new Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, delivered by the British Business Bank, will enable businesses to apply for a loan of up to £5 million, with the government covering up to 80% of any losses with no fees. Businesses can access the first 6 months of that finance interest free, as government will cover the first 6 months of interest payments. For businesses with fewer than 250 employees, the cost of providing 14 days of Statutory Sick Pay per employee will be refunded by the government in full. This will provide 2 million businesses with up to £2 billion to cover the costs of large-scale sick leave.
Can the coronavirus disease spread through food?
Current evidence on other coronavirus strains shows that while coronaviruses appear to be stable at low and freezing temperatures for a certain period, food hygiene and good food safety practices can prevent their transmission through food.
Is headache a symptom of the coronavirus disease?
The virus can cause a range of symptoms, from ranging from mild illness to pneumonia. Symptoms of the disease are fever, cough, sore throat and headaches.
Is the coronavirus disease a pandemic?
A new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) causing respiratory symptoms was first identified in December 2019 in China. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic on the 11 March 2020, this means COVID-19 has spread worldwide.
What should a small business I do if it might miss a tax payment?
If you have missed a tax payment or you might miss your next payment due to COVID-19, please call HMRC's dedicated helpline: 0800 0159 559. If you're worried about a future payment, please call us nearer the time.
Can babies get the coronavirus disease?
We know it is possible for people of any age to be infected with the virus, but so far there are relatively few cases of COVID-19 reported among children.
What is the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund?
The Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund is a secure way for individuals, philanthropies and businesses to contribute to the WHO-led effort to respond to the pandemic. The United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation have created the solidarity fund to support WHO and partners in a massive effort to help countries prevent, detect, and manage the novel coronavirus – particularly those where the needs are the greatest.
How can I protect others when I cough or sneeze?
Always sneeze and cough into tissues as this will help to prevent the virus-containing droplets from your nose and mouth entering the air where they can infect others; throw away used tissues immediately and wash your hands. Clean surfaces regularly to keep them free of germs.
Should businesses close because of coronavirus?
It is not necessary to close the business or workplace or send any staff home,unless government policy changes. Keep monitoring the government response page for the latest details.
What should schools do during an outbreak of the coronavirus disease?
UNICEF is urging schools – whether open or helping students through remote learning – to provide students with holistic support. Schools should provide children with vital information on handwashing and other measures to protect themselves and their families; facilitate mental health support; and help to prevent stigma and discrimination by encouraging students to be kind to each other and avoid stereotypes when talking about the virus.
When was the coronavirus disease declared a Public Health Emergency?
On the 30 January 2020 the World Health Organization declared that the outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
What is HMRC's coronavirus helpline for small businesses and self-employed people?
If you run a business or are self-employed and are concerned about paying your tax due to coronavirus, you can call HMRC 's helpline for help and advice: 0800 0159 559. For those who are unable to pay due to coronavirus, HMRC will discuss your specific circumstances to explore.
Are masks effective against the coronavirus disease?
If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected 2019-nCoV infection. Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing. Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly.
Can I claim SSP during self-isolation?
If you are self-isolating because of COVID-19: From 13 March, you can now claim SSP. This includes individuals who are caring for people self-isolating in the same household and therefore have been advised to do a household quarantine. To check your sick pay entitlement, you should talk to your employer, and visit https://www.gov.uk/statutory-sick-pay for more information. When does SSP apply? The government is legislating for SSP to be paid from day 1, rather than day 4, of your absence from workif you are absent from work due to sickness or need to self-isolate caused by COVID-19.
What is a mass gathering?
An event counts as a “mass gatherings” if the number of people it brings together is so large that it has the potential to strain the planning and response resources of the health system in the community where it takes place
Under what conditions should I self-isolate?
If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection ( COVID-19 ), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
Are driving theory tests suspended?
Theory tests are suspended up to and including 20 April 2020. You'll get an email to tell you that your test has been cancelled. You'll automatically get a refund. You'll get an email to confirm this has been done – this may take a few weeks to arrive.
Can I apply for Universal Credit?
We understand people who are required to stay at home or are infected by coronavirus may need financial support, and quickly. We announce that: those affected by coronavirus will be able to apply for Universal Credit and can receive up to a month's advance up front without physically attending a jobcentre.
What is a novel coronavirus?
A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
How widely could the coronavirus spread in the UK?
As it is a new virus, the lack of immunity in the population (and the absence as yet of an effective vaccine) means that COVID-19 has the potential to spread extensively. The current data seem to show that we are all susceptible to catching this disease.