Novel Coronavirus

    Novel Coronavirus

    FIRS COVID-19 Statements/News

    5 March 2021
    FIRS signed the World Health Organisation (WHO) Vaccine Equity Declaration to ensure that vaccination of health workers and those at high risk of COVID-19 begins in all countries within the first 100 days of 2021.

    2 February 2021
    Protect yourself and other by getting your COVID-19 vaccine. Read here

    17 December 2020
    FIRS calls for global access to effective, affordable vaccines. Read statement here

    6 July 2020
    We must continue to be vigilant to control the spread of COVID-19. Read the statement here

    17 April 2020
    FIRS urging governments around the world to continue supporting the WHO. Read the statement here

    COVID-19 resources from FIRS societies

    Our international respiratory societies have produced some excellent COVID-19 materials, view the latest materials by society:

    COVID-19

    The World Health Organization (WHO) describe coronaviruses as a large family of viruses that can cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain that has not been identified in humans before.

    Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

    What are the symptoms?

    • Mild symptoms are cold-like in presentation-- including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
    • Older adults and people with underlying health conditions may be at increased risk for severe disease. In these more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.

    How can coronavirus be prevented?

    There are currently no vaccines for COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

    WHO also recommends avoiding close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness, such as coughing and sneezing, and thoroughly cooking eggs and meat.

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