COVID-19 in Trinidad and Tobago
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What is COVID-19 and why is it dangerous?
COVID-19 is an infectious, respiratory disease caused by a recently discovered coronavirus (SARA-CoV-2). In March 2020, the WHO officially labelled this disease as a pandemic due to its widespread transmission.
The majority of persons infected, will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without the need for special treatment. Elderly persons, and those with underlying medical issues such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more susceptible to developing serious illnesses.
To prevent and slow transmission of this disease, it is essential that persons educate themselves about this disease and take the necessary precautions listed by the WHO; of washing your hands or using an alcohol-based rub frequently and avoid touching your face. There is currently no vaccine or medical treatment for COVID-19.
Social distancing, isolation and quarantine
- Social Distancing- Intentionally increasing the physical space between people and reducing contact with others to avoid the spread of illness. The WHO has recommended maintaining a distance of at least 1 meter.
- Isolation- The separation of a person infected with a highly contagious illness from those who are not infected.
- Quarantine- A federal law, whereby the government places infected persons on a lockdown, therefore they are not allowed to leave the location they have been designated.
- Self-quarantine- Purposefully isolating oneself if there is a possibility you were exposed to the virus and are at risk of infecting others.