Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus.
The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and avoiding close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell.
HOW IT IS SPREADS?
Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.
The World Health Organization is advising people to follow five simple steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
1. Wash your hands
2. Cough/sneeze into your elbow
3. Don’t touch your face
4. Stay more than 3ft (1m) away from others
5. Stay home if you feel sick