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Medical teams quarantine student suspected to be infected with COVID-19 in Homs

Editing: Hosam Saleem |
Translation: Glory Jabr
Publication date: 2020/06/10 14:58

Homs - SMART

Medical teams quarantined a student suspected to be infected with COVID-19 in the Syrian government-controlled city of Homs, Central Syria.

A private source reported to SMART that medical teams in Homs quarantined a student from unit 13 in the university dormitory, after she showed COVID-19 symptoms, causing fear among the students who were in contact with her.

The source added that the medical teams quarantined the students who contacted with the suspected case, two days after she was quarantined. The source noted that the rest of students returned to their homes.

The source stated that a week ago, the medical teams took five students from Homs Faculty of Medicine to the quarantine centers on suspicion of being infected with COVID-19, noting that the students were coming from Damascus countryside.

The source quoted a university teacher as asking the students to stop going to the university after several infected cases were confirmed among the students.

On Mar. 22, 2020, the Syrian government registered the first COVID-19 case in its controlled areas and gradually, the number increased to reach 146 cases, amidst international warnings about the risk of COVID-19 spreading among Syrians.

On Dec. 31, 2019, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spread in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The virus has infected more than 7.2 million people until June 10, 2020, more than 411,000 of them died, according to the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s statistics.

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.