Corona virus disease is an infectious disease caused by a new virus.
The disease causes respiratory illness(like flu)with symptoms such as cough,fever and in more severe cases difficulty breathing.
Coronavirus spreads primarily through contact with an infected person where they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or objects that has a virus on it.
Then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. People may be sick with coronavirus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms.
The most common symptoms are fever, tiredness, and dry cough.
Older people and people with other medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease may be more vulnerable to becoming ill.
You can protect yourself and help prevent spreading the coronavirus to others if you Do:
Wash your hands, cover your mouth and nose, avoid close contact, stay home, and self-isolate. Don’t touch your eyes, nose, mouth if your hands are not clean.
There is no such specific medicine to prevent or treat coronavirus disease.
People may need the support of care to help them breathe.
World health organization(WHO) is gathering the latest specific findings and knowledge on coronavirus and compiling it in a database.
CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK- EMERGENCY USE LISTING(EUL) PROCEDURE ANNOUNCEMENT
On 30 January 2020, the director-general declared that the outbreak of coronavirus constitutes a public health emergency of international concern.
The WHO pre-qualification team announces that emergency use listing will now be open to candidate in vitro diagnostics(IVDs) to detect SARS-Cov-2(COVID-19).
An invitation to manufacturers of IVDs to detect SARS-Cov-2 to submit a report of interest for assessment of candidate.
IVDs under the EUL procedure was issued on 28 February 2020.
EUL procedure is developed to expedite the availability of IVDs needed in public health emergency situations.
It is intended to assist interested procurement agencies and member states on suitability for use of a specific
IVD based on a minimum set of available quality, safety, and performance data.
WHO DIRECTOR-GENERAL CALLS ON G20 TO FIGHT UNITE AND IGNITE AGAINST coronavirus
Dr.Tedro Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO addressed Heads of states at today’s extraordinary G20 leader’s summit focused on COVID-19.
First he urged leaders to fight without excuses without regrets-thanking countries who already taken steps and urgently asking that they do more.
Second, he encouraged them to unite stressing that no country can fight this alone and calling on.
All countries to build on the solidarity already sparked by the crisis.
Third, he exhorted them to ignite a global movement to ensure this never happens again.
He welcomed G20 leaders commitment “to do whatever it takes to overcome the pandemic” to protect lives and livelihood.
G20 committed to support and further strengthen WHO’s mandate in coordinating the response and called for full funding of WHO’s strategic preparedness and response plan.
INFORMATION SHARING ON CORONAVIRUS
WHO focuses at all times to ensure that all areas of the globe have the information they need to manage the health of their people.
With respect to the COVID-19 outbreak, the WHO secretariat works with Taiwanese health experts .
And authorities following established procedures to facilitate fast and Taiwanese health authorities to share best practices globally.
WHO staff works around the world to respond to this pandemic with the best evidence-based guidance and operational support available for all people based on public health needs.
Membership in WHO and status issues are decided by member states and rules they set at WHO’s governing body the world health assembly.
WHO RELEASES GUIDELINES TO HELP COUNTRIES MAINTAIN ESSENTIAL HEALTH SERVICES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
COVID-19 pandemic is straining health systems worldwide.
The rapidly increasing demands on health facilities. And health care workers threaten to leave some health systems overstretched and unable to operate effectively.
To help countries navigate through these challenges the WHO has updated operational planning guidelines in balancing the demands of responding directly to COVID-19 .
While maintaining essential health service delivery and mitigating the risk of system collapse.
This includes a set of targeted immediate actions that countries should consider at the national, regional, and local levels to reorganize.
Maintain access to high-quality essential health services at all.