The coronavirus is a new and highly infectious virus. You can easily catch it from other people or pass it on to them.
The major symptoms are:
- fever, coughing and difficulty breathing;
- sometimes a blocked nose, sore throat and diarrhoea.
If you have one of these symptoms, please call your doctor. Some people can have the virus without any symptoms.
Small droplets are released into the air when you cough or sneeze. This is how the virus can spread, by landing on things. The droplets can reach up to one metre on average. How do you get infected? By breathing in these droplets or if they reach your mouth, nose or eyes via your hands.
What should you do?
- Stay at home if you are sick.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
- Keep enough distance (1.5 metres) when outdoors.
- Limit your physical social contacts.
- Wear a face mask on public transport and in crowded public places.
No-one has antibodies to make them immune to the virus. There is no vaccine at present either. Doctors and scientists are currently researching the virus. They are analysing every person who gets ill and learning more every day. This will help them find the right treatment. If you are ill but not in hospital, then paracetamol is the best medicine for pain and fever. Some criminal organisations are selling fake or illegal medicines containing chloroquine. There is absolutelyno guarantee that these medicines will be safe or work properly. They could even be very bad for your health, so you should not buy them.
Frequently asked questions
Stay home if you are sick.
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
Sneeze and blow your nose in a tissue handkerchief. Use each tissue only once and throw it away immediately in a covered rubbish bin.
You don't have a tissue? Sneeze or cough into your elbow.
Respect a minimum distance of 1.5 metre from other people.
Avoid shaking hands or kissing the persons you meet.
Wear a face mask in public transport and in very crowded places.
Pay attention to people who are considered as being at risk, such as elderly people over 65, people with diabetes or with a heart, lung or kidney disease and people with a weakened immune system.
- Wash your hands, preferably with warm or lukewarm running water and liquid soap.
- If you are on the road and cannot wash your hands, touch your face as little as possible and wash your hands on arrival.
- If you don’t have water, soap and a towel nearby and still want to wash your hands, you can use alcohol gel.
- People over 65
- Diabetics (type 2), in combination with obesity and/or problems with heart, lungs or kidneys.
- People with heart, lung or kidney disease
- People with weakened immune system.
- Prepare food separately, especially when handling raw meat,
- Wash food preparation surfaces, especially those used for raw meat preparations, with soap and hot water,
- Wash hands with soap and warm water between each handling of food,
- Cook all raw meat sufficiently (70°C through for at least 2 minutes),
- Avoid preparing food if you are sick.
- for Flanders ( https://www.vlaanderen.be/gezondheid-en-welzijn/gezondheid/coronavirus-covid-19 ),
- for the Walloon Region ( https://www.wallonie.be/fr/actualites/coronavirus-covid-19-ce-quil-faut-savoir ),
- for the Brussels-Capital Region ( https://coronavirus.brussels/ ).
What are coronaviruses?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause infection in humans and various animals, including birds and mammals such as camels, cats and bats. Some animal coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are communicable from animals to humans. To date, it has been confirmed that seven coronaviruses can also cause infection in humans. When animal coronaviruses evolve, infect humans and spread between humans, this can lead to outbreaks such as MERS-CoV and SARS.
More information: https://www.doctoranytime.be/en/t/chat-avec-docteur
What are the symptoms of the new coronavirus (COVID-19)?
What should I do if I have symptoms?
How can I avoid infecting the people around me? How can I avoid getting infected if someone around me is infected?
What can I do to protect myself and protect the others?
Everyone can contribute in the fight against the coronavirus! Certain persons, indeed, can be infected with the coronavirus without any symptoms, and therefore do not know they can transmit the virus. Apply the following hygiene measures:
How should I wash my hands?
What does a coronavirus (COVID19) infection mean for a healthy person in their twenties, thirties or forties?
Who is more at risk?
Are pregnant women more at risk?
Are children more at risk of being infected?
I run a higher risk to become severely ill with the coronavirus, what should I do?
How does the coronavirus spread?
Is there a risk of infection through contact with objects and surfaces?
I am a train controller, a receptionist, I work at the airport desk: is it dangerous to constantly take objects from people?
Can I be contaminated through food?
To this day, food has not been identified as a probable source or route of transmission of the virus. In addition, coronaviruses are not highly resistant viruses in the environment and are rapidly inactivated when they end up on surfaces. In the current state of knowledge, the likelihood of a consumer becoming contaminated with Covid-19 through food is therefore very low and unproven. Whatever the case, the FASFC reminds professionals that compliance with good hygiene practices is essential and prevents most contaminations:
Can pets infect humans if they have been in contact with infected persons?
Are there specific measures to be taken/observed in care homes?
This is very important, as the elderly and people with a chronic disease are more at risk to develop a serious form of coronavirus. Therefore, it is important to pay special attention to them.The legislation on care homes is a competence of the regions. Please consult their recommendations: