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MOH Issues Health Guidelines for Protection from New Coronavirus
28 January 2020

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has intensified its health awareness efforts meant to address the new coronavirus (known as: 2019-nCoV).


In an infographic recently posted at its Twitter account, the Ministry explained how to protect oneself from the 2019-nCoV infection. It reiterated the importance of taking the precautions and preventive measures against respiratory infections in general.  Washing hands with water and soap, and covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing are among the most fundamental of those preventive measures. 

In a video posted at the same account, MOH provided an overview of the 2019-nCoV, which has recently emerged in China, and which causes varying degrees of respiratory infection.  The video touched on the symptoms associated with virus, most notably: fever, cough and shortness of breath. In some cases, it develops pneumonia. The virus may also develop serious complications for those suffering immunodeficiency or chronic diseases, as well as older persons. In the video, MOH called on anybody who experiences the onset of those symptoms to seek medical attention by heading to the nearest healthcare center.

According to MOH, 2019-nCoV infection is transmitted from an infected person to another through close, unprotected contact. To date, MOH pointed out, no specific medication or vaccine for the virus has been developed. It can be avoided, though, by observing the recommended preventive measures. Intensive medical healthcare, and treatment of the symptoms remain the best way to address infection, MOH stressed.

Noteworthy, MOH has issued guidelines for the passengers heading to the regions stricken by 2019-nCoV. As part of those guidelines, the Ministry discouraged against contact with animals (alive or dead), animal products, going to animal markets, or contact with the persons suffering respiratory symptoms. 

MOH called on anyone who experiences respiratory symptoms to stay at home, avoid contact with others, and refrain from traveling for as long as the symptoms remain, as well as covering the mouth and nose with napkins when coughing or sneezing. It also recommended washing the hands with water and soap for at least 20 seconds, or with alcohol disinfectants. 







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