The new (new) coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in late December, causing respiratory illness outbreaks in countries around the world. Since then, the disease has been named Coronavirus Disease 2019 (abbreviated as “COVID-19”) by the World Health Organization.

The Cayman Islands Health Services Department has created a section dedicated to coronavirus information on their website, including:

What is a coronavirus?

  • Coronavirus (CoV) is made up of a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common to the common cold to more serious illnesses such as the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV).
  • Coronavirus is a zoonotic disease. That is, it is transmitted between animals and humans. One example of this is SARS-CoV, a disease that has been transmitted from civets to humans.
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (2019-nCoV) is a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans.

Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

What are the symptoms?

  • Common symptoms include respiratory symptoms:
    – Fever – cough – shortness of breath – shortness of breath
  • In severe cases of coronavirus, it can cause: – pneumonia – severe acute respiratory syndrome – renal failure

How soon do the symptoms occur?

Symptoms occur 2 to 10 days after a person is exposed.

What are the global, regional, and regional burdens of coronavirus?

For the latest information on 2019-nCoV, see https: //www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports.

Is there a vaccine against coronavirus?

yes. There are several vaccines currently available worldwide.

How does the coronavirus spread?

  • This coronavirus strain is new, but it seems to spread like other coronaviruses such as SARS through coughing and sneezing drops.
  • This happens when an infected person sneezes or coughs directly at another person. When a healthy person touches the nose or mouth, the droplets move.
  • Also, if you touch a surface with water droplets, such as a table, chair, or door handle, and then touch your nose or mouth, you may get sick. This pathway depends on the length of time the virus can survive on the surface.
  • According to some reports, people who are not yet symptomatic can also infect others.
  • It is important to remember that the coronavirus can also spread to people who come into contact with infected animals and livestock.

How is the coronavirus diagnosed?

  • Doctors suspect a possible coronavirus based on clinical symptoms and signs, and one of the following criteria:
    – Persons experiencing severe acute respiratory infections have recently traveled to countries that have reported confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV within the last 14 days.
    – A person experiencing a serious acute respiratory infection has been in contact with another ill person who has traveled to a country that has reported confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV within the last 14 days.
    – Those who have experienced severe acute respiratory infections have visited or worked in Wuhan’s live animal market in China within the last 14 days.
  • Confirmation obtained by blood test. This type of test is conducted by the Caribbean Public Health Service and takes 5-10 days.

How can I reduce the risk of coronavirus infection?

We recommend that you take the following infection control measures.
• Frequent hand sanitizer with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
• Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
• Avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections
• Avoid unprotected contact with farms and wildlife.

The Ministry of Health and the Public Health Service are encouraged to share these coronavirus prevention tips with your loved ones.

Posted by Cayman Islands Government on Friday, February 28, 2020

What should I do if I am infected with a coronavirus?

  • There is no specific treatment for 2019-nCoV, but if you have recently traveled to a country experiencing an outbreak of coronavirus and have symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, seek medical attention immediately. Be sure to provide your doctor with your recent travel history and symptoms.
  • Wear a mask if possible.
  • If possible, do not travel when you are ill.
  • Treatment is given according to the symptom.
  • Laboratory confirmation is not essential for the management of coronavirus cases.

If you are or are likely to be infected with the virus, please call the 24-hour influenza hotline (1-800-534-8600 or 345-947-3077) or email us. [email protected]

CIGTV has also added coronavirus information, including interviews with Deputy Port Director Joey Woods, Deputy Governor, Risk Management Director, and Chief Health Officer. These are available here: https: //youtu.be/wtlEumKDKFs.

For more information, please contact the Department of Public Health 244-2621.
For medical procedures: Contact Cayman Islands Health Services Accident and Emergency Units 24-4-2794 or 24-4-2792

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