For about two years we have been fighting a new disease that has now changed the world, our lives and habits socially and psychologically, involving us students in studying with new ways such as “remote learning”, and imposing many restrictions.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. They have been telling us for years that the virus may have escaped from lab experiments in China or from animals such as the bat but we are not sure yet.
Most people infected with the virus will experience respiratory problems, some will become seriously ill and require medical attention. Medically fragile people are more likely to develop serious illnesses – anyone can get sick with COVID-19 and become seriously ill or die at any age.
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the disease and how the virus spreads. You need to protect yourself and others from infection by staying at least 1 metre apart from others, wearing a properly fitted face mask, and washing your hands.
The virus can spread from an infected person’s mouth or nose in small liquid particles when they cough, sneeze, speak, sing or breathe. It is important to stay home and self-isolate until you recover if you feel unwell.
We are still in the middle of the pandemic because now the virus changes to survive: almost every day we hear news about the virus but with new variants like Omicron. The only hope is that everything will end soon.