How to Prevent Coronavirus, COVID-19

The recent outbreak of Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has alarmed not only the UAE but the whole world. This virus can be easily transferred and if the immune system of the person bearing the virus is weak, it can lead to death, which is the worst-case scenario already.

If you are currently living or working in the UAE, there are preventive measures that you can to prevent getting this virus from other people. In this article, we are going to give you essential information regarding this virus so you can do what needs to be done, especially if you are frequently exposed to the outside environment.

The COVID-19 issue is an alarming global problem. If the virus won’t stop from spreading, more people will suffer including children. This is the reason why you should do things to prevent the virus from getting into you because once you’ve caught the virus, it will be hard to cure since no vaccine is available yet. Well, there are ways to avoid getting the virus. If you know enough information about it, you will know what to do to protect yourself and your family from it. So, here’s what you can do to prevent COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Prevention Guide

The Ministry of Health and Prevention and Dubai Health Authority are the governing bodies that provide official updates regarding new cases. Currently, all of the patients in UAE are said to be in a stable condition and under medical monitoring. Although the current status of the patients are good, it’s still important to read the awareness guideline provided by the Ministry of Health and Prevention.

This is a part of your preventive measures if you want to protect yourself and your family from the outbreak. The health department has already shared informative posts via social media and to help you understand, we summarized the details in this blog.

Here’s a video guide about the virus:


How To Prevent Coronavirus, COVID-19?

Before we proceed with the preventive measures you can do, let’s understand first how the virus is transmitted and what are the symptoms of having this virus.

What is COVID-19

It is well-known globally that the novel coronavirus came originally from animal species. From animals, it then spread to humans. The epicenter of the virus is Wuhan, China.

The transmission of COVID-19 happens when you get in contact with a person bearing the virus. It can easily be transmitted through contaminated droplets or contaminated hands of a human who is sick (with cough or colds).

Symptoms of COVID-19

The symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, headache, shortness of breath, sore throat, and fever.

Vaccine for COVID-19

The vaccine for COVID-19 is still under development. As of this writing, there is no vaccine yet to protect people from the virus.

Treatment for COVID-19

There are NO particular treatments to cure COVID-19. There are only treatments that support and assist patients to decrease the symptoms of having the virus.

Here are some of the recent Tweets of MoHAP about the virus.

6 Preventive Measures To Avoid COVID-19

  1. Avoid eating raw meat from animals. If you can totally avoid dead or alive animals and animal markets, it’s better.
  2. Don’t get in contact with someone who has the symptoms of respiratory illness.
  3. Wash your hands as often as possible with soap and water. If you can do it for at least 20 seconds, the better.
  4. If you don’t have water and soap in your area, use a hand sanitizer.
  5. Cover your mouth whenever you are coughing or sneezing.
  6. Don’t go out of the country if you are having the symptoms of COVID-19.

Things to Do if You Travelled to Countries with High Infection Rates and are Having Symptoms

If you have been to China for the past weeks or days and you are experiencing sickness, cough, fever, or difficulty in breathing, you should do the following:

  1. Seek the help of a medical professional immediately. But, before you proceed to the doctor’s office or the hospital, you should call first and tell them about your travel history and the symptoms you are having.
  2. Don’t get in contact with others.
  3. Don’t travel while you are sick.
  4. Always cover your mouth when you are sneezing or coughing.
  5. Wash your hands as often as you can with soap and water. Do it for at least 20 seconds every wash.
  6. Use a hand sanitizer with alcohol if you can’t wash your hands.
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Reliable Source of News Updates

If you want news from reliable sources, you should only receive the right information from the government health agencies. Avoid passing the information in general to avoid panic. If you need any medical support or questions about the outbreak, you can contact the following:

  • Estijaba service at the operation center—Department of Health at 800 1717
  • Ministry of Health & Prevention at 800 11111.
  • Dubai Health Authority at 800 342.

It’s important that you know who to contact in case you have any concerns regarding COVID-19. Do not rely on fake news circulating social media. You should only use relevant information from a local reliable source including the health department and other government agencies.

Do not believe what other people are saying that can cause panic. You know there is a better way to get reliable information. Don’t forget to share this with your family and friends who are in UAE as well.


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