The UAE Ministry of Health and Community Protection has reported its first case of the coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which is believed to have originated in China’s Wuhan province.
Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports, two of the biggest aviation hubs in the world, began screening all passengers arriving from China last week.
And although the ministry has shared that it has taken all necessary precautions to ensure the public are not at risk, meaning there’s no cause for alarm just yet, it’s essential that all residents protect themselves, as people who may be infected with the virus may not show symptoms initially.
So what does this mean in practical terms?
In order to follow preventive health measures, we invite you to view the awareness messages about the new Corona virus in China#mohap_uae#coronavirus pic.twitter.com/BWa9GCou9S— - MOHAP UAE (@mohapuae) January 29, 2020
Coronavirus infections attack the respiratory system, which can lead to pneumonia, and as the infection is highly contagious, you can cut the risk of infection simply by washing your hands thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds before, during and after food preparation.
You can also protect your airways by wearing a mask while on public transport, but you should also avoid touching your eyes and mouth with unwashed hands as this is the most common way to be infected.
Anyone with a weakened immune system is particularly susceptible to infection so if you have flu-like symptoms, contact a healthcare professional by phone and don’t go into work.