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General Awareness

COVID-19 symptoms

Symptoms can include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, dry cough, shortness of breath and difficulty in breathing. Some patients experience body aches, muscle pain, headaches, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, diarrhea, nausea or loss of smell and taste.


Note: The above symptoms doesn’t mean that you have the disease, unless you have a recent travel history or you have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.-


The spread of the virus:

COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person through contaminated droplets, that  travel from a sick person through coughing or sneezing or through touching an infected surface, then touching the eyes, nose and/ or mouth.



Misconceptions about the coronavirus


Can antibiotics cure COVID-19?

No, antibiotics cannot cure COVID-19. Antibiotics fight bacteria and have no effect on viruses.


Can influenza vaccine prevent COVID-19?

No, it cannot because the vaccine only fights the virus that causes influenza, which is different from the COVID- 19 virus.


Can garlic protect us from COVID-19?

Garlic is healthy as it contains antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence that eating garlic can protect us against COVID-19.


Why should we avoid touching our eyes, nose and mouth before washing our hands or sanitizing them?

While touching surfaces, your hands can collect a number of viruses, which  can be transferred from your hands to your eyes, nose and mouth when you touch them without sanitizing or washing your hands. This can make you to get COVID-19. Therefore, it is important to follow hand hygiene practices.

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