With initial symptoms as mild as of that flu, the coronavirus has taken the world up by a storm.
Over 117,257,542 cases* and 2,602,371 deaths* around the globe have been reported.
The infection is spreading rapidly and with no cure in hand, prevention is your best bet.
Here is a simple breakdown of all you need to know about the virus.
Source: COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
WHAT IS THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS?
The coronavirus is a new member of the corona family.
It is a respiratory tract infection that exhibits symptoms of flu and causes one to have a runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat and fever.
As it grows, it affects the lungs and causes pneumonia. The individual then feels difficulty in breathing and requires immediate attention.
Source: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF THIS VIRUS?
It can impact people of old age and pre-existing health conditions more severely.
The symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include:
Difficulty in breathing
Source: Symptoms of Coronavirus
HOW DOES THIS VIRUS SPREAD?
The virus spreads from person to person. When an individual comes in contact with an infected person, they can catch the virus.
It can be transmitted by breathing in the particles that the person has coughed or sneezed out.
The virus can also be transmitted through a handshake or by touching a surface the infected person has touched.
The experts aren’t certain about how long the virus can survive on a surface. It depends on the environment.
Source: How COVID-19 Spreads
WHAT PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES CAN YOU TAKE TO SAVE YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY?
Wash your hands often and that too with medicated soap.
Avoid touching your face.
Avoid crowds and gatherings.
Keep yourself hydrated. Drink lukewarm water.
Avoid traveling yourself. If you’ve made travel plans, carry a mask and sanitizer with you. Also, call your airport helpline to make sure that your flight is scheduled because many flights to and from infected areas are being canceled and postponed.
Avoid meeting people who have traveled to infected places.
Practice good hygiene. When you cough or sneeze. Cover your mouth.
Source: How to Protect Yourself & Others
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE IS SUSPECTED TO HAVE THE VIRUS?
If you experience fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, and you have traveled to an infected place and have had contact with an infected person in the last 14 days you should go to your nearest primary health center immediately! Or contact:
Estijaba service at the operation center – Department of Health
Ministry of Health & Prevention
Dubai Health Authority
Drive-Through Coronavirus Testing System in UAE
Dubai Health Authority has recently introduced a ‘Coronavirus Drive-Through Testing’ system for the accessibility of the residents where people can undergo tests from the comfort of their cars. Here is a list of COVID-19 Drive Thru locations in the UAE:
Ghayathi, Al Dhafra (Timing: Saturday to Thursday, 8am to 12 noon and 4pm to 8pm)
Madinat Zayed, Al Dhafra (Timing: Saturday to Thursday, 8am to 8pm)
Al Wathba (Timing: Sunday to Thursday, 8am to 8pm)
Asharej – Al Ain (Timing Sunday to Thursday, 8am to 8pm)
Al Bahia (Timing: Sunday to Thursday, 8am to 8pm)
Al Hili – Al Ain (Timing Sunday to Thursday, 8am to 8pm)
Zayed Sports City (Timing: Sunday to Thursday, 8am to 8pm)
Al Khawaneej (Timing: Sunday to Thursday, 10am to 6pm)
Port Rashid (Timing: Sunday to Thursday, 10am to 6pm)
Al Nasr Club (Timing: Sunday to Thursday, 8am to 6.30pm)
Other locations operated by Al Futtaim Health Club include: Dubai City Festival, Al Qusais, Silicon Oasis, Discovery Gardens and Al Warqa)
Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, Sharjah (Timing: Sunday to Thursday, 10am to 6pm)
Al Jurf 2, Ajman (Timing: Sunday to Thursday, 10am to 6pm)
Defence Camp, Umm Al Quwain (Timing: Sunday to Thursday, 10am to 6pm)
Dafan Al Khor Centre, Ras Al Khaimah (Timing: 10am to 6pm, Sunday to Thursday)
Near Fujairah Hospital, Fujairah (Timing, 10am to 6pm, Sunday to Thursday)
Please read this article to know more about how does the testing procedure take place.
Source: Testing for COVID-19
Frequently asked questions
Will my insurance pay for my coronavirus treatment?
Yes, as instructed by the government of Dubai your insurance company will abide by all the claims made. Even if you do not have insurance, the cost of the treatment will be waived off.
What do I do if I have any symptoms?
If you have any symptom of a respiratory infection and have travelled to any country with a widespread outbreak of COVID-19, we advise you to do the following:
- Visit the nearest health center or hospital and immediately inform the doctor of your recent travel history and your symptoms.
- Follow the doctor’s instructions, and if you were advised to self-isolate, please avoid any direct contact with people.
Who do I contact in the state of an emergency?
- Ministry of Health & Prevention at 800-11111
- Estijaba service at the operation center –Department of Health – Abu Dhabi at 800-1717
- Dubai Health Authority at 800-342.
How long does it take to get the result?
Usually it takes less than 24 hours to release the result but because of the dynamic continuous change of the situation and the high number of samples which are sent sometimes, it can take even longer time.
What happens if I test positive for the virus?
If you test negative, you’ll be sent back. However, if your results are positive, you’ll be isolated and admitted in a hospital room till you recover.
How can I boost my immune system to prevent the virus infection?
Please read this article for an in depth guide on battling the coronavirus with a healthy immune system.
When is the virus outbreak expected to end?
Please read this article for all the possible outcomes of the coronavirus situation.