It’s been announced that a case of Coronavirus has been confirmed in Greece in Thessaloniki, the patient entered the country on an Italian flight. Another person in Corfu has been hospitalised for precaution, also on an incoming Italian flight, but they have not been confirmed as having the illness.
Many feared this happening and are worried about the potential spread of the illness and how it will affect them.
Coronavirus is a respiratory infection that can be passed on from human to human through airborne, respiratory droplets.
It can be difficult to know if a patient has the condition as the symptoms fever, aches and pains, tiredness, runny nose, sore throat, cough and diarrhoea, are similar to some other illnesses.
The symptoms are often mild and start gradually, some people who have or carry it however, don’t even have symptoms develop.
The condition can cause some patients to have difficulty breathing though and patients who have underlying conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems may develop a more severe form of the illness. Advice is that anyone who develops a cough, fever and difficulty breathing should get medical help.
Whilst many are worried especially with the news that towns and cities are in lockdown, people shouldn’t panic. Whilst Coronavirus has spread from China to other countries, there are much lower numbers of people who have had, and died, from flu. Only around 2% of Coronavirus sufferers have actually died from the illness.
How to protect yourself
Wash hands thoroughly if using public bathrooms and kitchens. Use tissues and discard them in bins and try not to cough over other people.
The incubation period is between one and fourteen days, the majority of cases have been confirmed around five days in.
If someone close to you is diagnosed with it then World Health Organisation advice is to self quarantine for fourteen days in order to protect others.
Whilst it is very worrying seeing the news about Coronavirus, and many are incredibly concerned about how it may affect them the world’s government’s – including Greece- are following very strict guidance as set out by the World Health Organisation, who in turn are keeping the public very well updated on their website.