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UNDERSTANDING
COVID-19
What is Covid-19?
What are the symptoms?
Basic protective measures against Covid-19
Break The Chain of Transmission

What is Covid-19?

Covid-19 is the on-going pandemic that is caused by virus strain SARS-CoV-2. This respiratory disease was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Since then, it has spread to almost every continent in the world with more than 2 million confirmed cases and more than 130,000 deaths, as of 16 April 2020.

The virus primarily spreads between people during close contact via small droplets produced by coughing, sneezing or talking. Such droplets can also fall onto objects and surfaces and remain there for up to 72 hours. People can be infecting by touching contaminated surfaces.

Covid-19 is no ordinary flu. It is more deadly with mortality rate of 3-4%, much higher than the mortality rate of seasonal flu of < 0.1%. Thus, breaking the chain of infection is key in controlling the outbreak. 

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HAND RUB TECHNIQUE & EDUCATION

7-Steps Hand Rub Technique


** Ensure hands are not soiled. Hand Sanitizers are not to be used on soiled hands or after using toilet. Take a thumbnail size drop of hand sanitizer onto your palm. Rub your hands according to 7-step technique for 20s and until hands are dry.

1. Rub palms together.
2. Rub back of each hand with palm of other hand with fingers interlaced.
3. Rub palm to palm with fingers interlaced.
4. Rub with back of fingers to opposing palms with fingers interlocked.
5. Rub each thumb clasped in opposite hand using rotational movement.
6. Rub tips of fingers in opposite palm in a circular motion.
7. Rub each wrist with opposite hand

Covid-19 and Diabetes

Keeping you and your family healthy

The Covid-19 outbreak is a serious global health issue affecting people of all ages and to different extents. However, people living with diabetes have a higher risk of developing infections and becoming severely ill due to the Covid-19 virus. Epidemiology studies have shown revealed that people living with diabetes develop a more severe course and progression of the disease, especially for those 65 years old and above. This is likely because fluctuations in the blood glucose levels and presence of diabetes complications can make managing Covid-19 infections more difficult. Hence, close self-monitoring is critical in helping you or your family maintain good glycaemic control to protect the immune system.

Sources:
International Diabetes Federation
The Straits Times Health: Diabetes weakens body's ability to fight coronavirus
Comorbidity and its Impact on Patients with COVID-19

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