The Pernambuco Department of Health (SES) confirmed, this Saturday morning (23), another 1,026 new cases of covid-19 in the state. Of this total, 223 are severe cases of the disease and another 803 are patients who have been diagnosed with mild infection.
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Now, Pernambuco totals 26,786 confirmed cases, of which 12,068 are serious and 14,718 are mild. In addition, 87 new deaths were confirmed in the laboratory in the last 24 hours. Thus, the State totals 2,144 deaths from the coronavirus.
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Epidemiological details will be passed on throughout the day by the State Department of Health.
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What is coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. The new coronavirus agent was discovered on 12/31/19 after cases registered in China. The first human coronaviruses were isolated for the first time in 1937. However, it was in 1965 that the virus was described as coronavirus, due to the profile in microscopy, looking like a crown.
Most people become infected with common coronaviruses throughout their lives, with young children being more likely to become infected with the most common type of the virus. The most common coronaviruses that infect humans are alpha coronavirus 229E and NL63 and beta coronavirus OC43, HKU1.
How to prevent coronavirus?
The Ministry of Health provides basic care to reduce the overall risk of contracting or transmitting acute respiratory infections, including the coronavirus. Among the measures are:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, respecting the 5 moments of hygiene. If there is no soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Stay home when you’re sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw it in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Health professionals should use standard precautions, contact and droplet measures (surgical mask, gloves, non-sterile apron and goggles).
To perform procedures that generate aerosolization of respiratory secretions such as intubation, airway aspiration or sputum induction, aerosol precautions should be used, with the use of an N95 mask.
Check the step by step how to wash your hands properly