COVID-19 (coronavirus 2019 nCoV)
Update of February 25th, 2020
Latest Ministry of Health Updates
Press conference of February 24th, 2020..
Covid-19 case definition
In case of positive symptoms
Advices on the use of masks
Wearing a medical mask is one of the preventive measures to limit the spread of certain respiratory diseases, however, the use of a mask alone is insufficient to ensure an adequate level of protection, this measure must be combined with hand hygiene.
If medical masks are worn, proper use and disposal are essential to ensure their effectiveness and to avoid any increased risk of transmission associated with improper use and disposal of masks.
Source Source Ministry of Health (in french)
What is this new coronavirus raging in China? (COVID-19)
In the past, two strains of coronavirus have caused severe epidemics: SRAS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome).
In mid-December, an outbreak of pneumonia caused by a coronavirus family virus never before identified in humans broke out in Wuhan, a Chinese city of 11 million people, in Hubei province.
The epidemic is currently spreading but it is important not to panic. 98.8% of the diagnosed cases are in China. Luxembourg has no direct connection with the city of Wuhan, nor direct flights to China.
The WHO, for its part, considers that an animal appears to be "the most likely primary source", with "limited human-to-human transmission through close contact". On Monday January 27th, it reclassified the threat as "high" on the International level.
On February 11th,
The organization also mentioned that the first vaccine could be ready in 18 months.
What are the COVID-19 (coronavirus 2019 nCoV) symptoms?
Common signs of infection are respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia.
The incubation period (the time between infection and the onset of symptoms) would range from 6 to 14 days, during which the individual is symptom-free.
A preventive visit to the doctor is therefore not indicated.
How dangerous is the COVID-19 (coronavirus 2019 nCoV)?
The mortality rate of this virus is currently under 3%, however, it is still highly contagious, which is why some cities have been confined.
What can I do to avoid the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus 2019 nCoV)?
Based on currently available information, WHO does not recommend any travel or trade restrictions. Countries are encouraged to continue to strengthen their preparation for health emergencies in accordance with the International Health Regulations (2005).
Standard recommendations to prevent the spread of infection include regular hand washing, covering the mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing. Avoid close contact with anyone with symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
In case of symptoms of infection upon return from a risk area
- avoid contact and wear a facemask;
- use disposable tissues;
- wash hands regularly with soap and/or hydro-alcoholic solutions.
Do not visit your doctor or the emergency room to avoid risk of transmission.
Promptly contact the Inspection Sanitaire on +352 247 85650 or via 112.
The goal is to limit the spread of the virus as much as possible and not to bring suspected cases into contact with the rest of the population.
In Luxembourg, suspect cases will be handled by l'Inspection Sanitaire and Le Service National des Maladies Infectieuses will carry out clinical management. Samples will be taken in confinement at the CHL and sent to the LNS for testing.
Currently only symptomatic cases are detected in order not to saturate the infrastructures.
- The ASTF "Pandemic" toolbox to protect the company in the event of a pandemic.
- The recommendations of the Luxembourg Ministry of Health (in french only).
- World Heath Organization recommendations and posters (aussi disponible en français).
Source: World Heath Organization - Ministère de la santé, Luxembourg