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St. Maarten Medical Center
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now been detected in more than 100 countries across the world.
The virus spreads from person-to-person contact through droplets after a person coughs or sneezes into the air. The virus can spread through contaminated surfaces which have these droplets on them (doorknobs, etc.). It is important to avoid touching your face (eyes, nose and mouth) as this is causes spread.
Symptoms can vary from mild to severe but include fever, cough, fatigue, and shortness of breath.
Shortness of breath
If your relative has been admitted to St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) for COVID-19 related complaints you should:
Clean and disinfect - regular household soap or detergent should be used for cleaning and rinsing followed by disinfecting with a solution with a ratio of 1:10. of one (1) part regular household bleach to nine (9) parts water, all parts being equal. To allow for proper disinfection, the surface should be wet for at least ten (10) minutes.
How do I protect myself against COVID-19 infection?
Unlike influenza (Flu), there is no vaccine available for COVID-19 at this time.
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid exposure. The following prevention measures are recommended:
Should I start wearing a mask while at work or in public?
We do NOT recommend people that are well wear facemasks.
What should I do if I develop symptoms of a respiratory infection?
If you have a fever and cough, follow the steps below to help limit the spread to people in your home and community:
WASH HANDS WHEN VISIBLY SOILED! OTHERWISE, USE HANDRUB
Duration of the entire procedure: 40-60
Wet hands with water;
Apply enough soap to cover all hand surfaces;
Rub hands palm to palm;
Right palm over left dorsum with interlaced fingers and vice versa;
Palm to palm with fingers interlaced;
Backs of fingers to opposing palms with fingers interlocked;
Rotational rubbing of left thumb clasped in right palm and vice versa;
Rotational rubbing, backwards and forwards with clasped fingers of right hand in left palm and vice versa;
Rinse hands with water;
Dry hands thoroughly with a single use towel;
Use towel to turn off faucet;
Your hands are now safe.
RUB HANDS FOR HAND HYGIENE! WASH HANDS WHEN VISIBLY SOILED
Duration of the entire procedure: 20-30
Apply a palmful of the product in a cupped hand, covering all surfaces;
Once dry, your hands are safe.