1. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
  2. COVID-19 was first identified in 2019 in Wuhan, Central China, and has since spread globally, resulting in the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.
  3. COVID-19 is typically spread from one person to another via respiratory droplets produced during coughing. It may also be spread from touching contaminated surfaces and then touching one’s face.
  4. COVID-19’s recommended measures to prevent infection include frequent hand washing, physical distancing (maintaining distance from others), and keeping hands away from the face. The use of masks is recommended for those who suspect they have the virus and their caregivers, but not the general public.
  5. There is no vaccine or specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. Management involves the treatment of symptoms, supportive care, isolation, and experimental measures.
  6. On Friday, March 20, 2020, United States President Donald Trump approved the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, two old anti-malaria drugs for the temporary treatment of COVID-19.
  7. As of today, March 22, 2020, more than 308,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in over 180 countries and territories, resulting in more than 13,000 deaths and 95,000 recoveries.
  8. COVID-19 was recognized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020.
  9. The time between exposure and symptom onset is typically around five days but may range from two to fourteen days. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Complications may include pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome.
  10. As of Friday, March 20, 2020, Italy is the world’s center of active coronavirus cases with 42,681 active cases – more than double the number of active cases of any other country. The total of confirmed cases is 53,578, with 4,825 deaths, and 6,072 recoveries. On Thursday, March 19, 2020, Italy became the country with the highest number of confirmed deaths in the world.

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Ubong Effiong also known as Pendusky is a Customer Experience Management Personnel with Sterling Bank Plc.