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Civil Defense issues recommendations on how to deal with COVID-19, Northern Syria

Editing: Mais Noor Aldeen |
TranslationEditor: Glory Jabr |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
Publication date: 2020/04/13 11:50

Aleppo - SMART

On Monday, the Civil Defense issued recommendations on how to deal with coronavirus (COVID-19), caused by SARS-CoV-2, Northern Syria.

The Civil Defense issued a circulation calling to close schools and universities, suspend Friday prayers in mosques, and decrease markets’ work hours. The Civil Defense also called on institutions' workers to work from home.

The Civil Defense also called on people to social distancing, and stop travelling between governorates, except for emergencies. The Civil Defense issued instructions regarding personal hygiene and sterilizing houses’ surfaces and public places in a regular way. 

On Dec. 31, 2019, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spread in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The virus has infected about 1,800,000 people until April 13, 2020 in more than 205 countries, more than 114,000 of them died, according to the (Worldometer).

COVID-19 is an infectious disease, caused by SARS-CoV-2, that spreads from person-to-person and by respiratory droplets. These droplets fall on surrounding surfaces, so other people could be infected when they touch these surfaces by touching their eyes, noses, or mouths. People could be infected if they inhale droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it is important to keep a one-meter distance (three feet) away from infected people.

Infection symptoms include body aches, blocked nose, sore throat, cough, and fever. The symptoms begin as mild and develop gradually. Some people become infected without showing any symptoms and without feeling ill. About 80% of infected people recover from the disease without any special treatment.