As the COVID-19 cases exceeded the 100,000, the World Health Organization issued a statement according to which “the spread of this virus can be significantly slowed or even reversed through the implementation of robust containment and control activities.”

WHO adds that China is an example that the outbreak can be mitigated, working across society to identify people who are sick, bringing them to care, following up on contacts, preparing hospitals and clinics to manage a surge in patients, and training health workers.

COVID-19: What we know so far

  • Live map: Death toll keeps rising, with China being the first and Italy following second.
  • Following safety precautions issued by WHO and tips keeps you safer.
  • The shipping industry is taking steps to protect people working at the various sectors, while ports issue circulars and guidance to protect seafarers.
  • There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection. People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms.

WHO highlights that

We must stop, contain, control, delay and reduce the impact of this virus at every opportunity. Every person has the capacity to contribute, to protect themselves, to protect others, whether in the home, the community, the healthcare system, the workplace or the transport system.

 

7 tips to cope with stress

#1 First and foremost be fully aware of the symptoms and seek professional help if necessary

  • respiratory symptoms
  • fever
  • Cough
  • shortness of breath
  • breathing difficulties.

#2 Follow the precautionary measures issued by the World Health Organization (WHO)

  1. Avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.
  2. Frequent handwashing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment.
  3. Avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals.
  4. People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands.

#3 Seek accurate information

Given the severity of the situation there is a lot of discussion around the matter, with the news and media focusing on the issue. Therefore, it is crucial to always stay informed by reliable and trustworthy media to know exactly what happens.

Caution: Be aware of the fake news around the matter and avoid panic that can be caused by misinformation.

#4 Set limits on discussions around COVID-19

Try not to make COVID-19 the centre of attention. Although you must keep being informed about the situation, constantly reading, watching or listening to media coverages or discussing about it will intensify your anxiety and feeling of worry, especially if there’s no new information on the issue.

#5 Keep your immune system robust

A balanced diet, adequate sleep, and regular exercise is the best combination to stay as physically and psychologically healthy as possible. Learn about ways to boost your immune system naturally - a healthy lifestyle is always the first line of defense.

#6 Understand and accept your feelings

It’s acceptable to worry and be anxious about you and your loved ones. Fully accepting how you feel, will help you cope with the “negative” feeling and realize that there are things that you can control, such as having good self- hygiene as explained above.

#7 Continue your activities responsibly

Routine is crucial for most of the people and has a positive impact in their everyday lives. Therefore, it is recommended to continue your everyday routine, following, though, safety precautions and any measures issued by your state. Also keep in mind there are always ways to decrease risks such as avoiding crowed places and limiting travel.

People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.