Coronovirus, Coughs and Colds

With all the talk about the coronavirus, here is some information

woman-sneeze-into white-hankiefrom the World Health Organisation about this deadly virus, plus another link to a “Guide on Handling Coughs and Colds in the Elderly”, below.

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

Helpful Guide on Handling Coughs and Colds in the Elderly

This helpful how-to guide tells you what you need to know about colds and flu, why elderly people are at a higher risk of infection, and how influenza and the common cold can lead to more serious health complications in older adults. Also, some useful tips and advice on preventive measures to help keep the elderly from catching colds and flu. You can find it here:

https://www.covonia.co.uk/coughs-colds-elderly-guide