WHO Coronavirus advice
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is the most talked-about subject so far this month. What started out as a few sneezing people in China has now spread across the entire globe. Only Antarctica is free of this nuisance. It is everywhere and anywhere.
It would be quite bizarre of me not to mention it in this blog. So, this is what we know so far about the Coronavirus in Spain.
According to the Euro Weekly, a periodical for the Costa del Sol area of Andalucia, there are six confirmed cases.
As reported earlier, the Junta de Andalucia has confirmed several cases of Coronavirus on the Costa Del Sol. Three of those cases are in Marbella and one in Fuengirola.
The Marbella cases involve two men, aged 42 and 53, respectively, and an 81-year-old woman. All three are isolated, and under close observation, while they recover in their homes, according to Marbella authorities. See more
Protecting yourself against the Coronavirus
There are some basic measures to ensure that you are safe and protected from this outbreak. the World Health Organisation (WHO) has a great website with lots of interesting information. I have added the videos from that website above.
Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus
Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. COVID-19 is still affecting most people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following
Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.
Stay informed and follow the advice given by your healthcare provider
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow the advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves. See more information.
CORONAVIRIS IN SPAIN (COVID-19) UPDATE Monday 16th March 2020 335 deaths, 9428 confirmed cases
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has become a pandemic. That means, COVID-19, that started in Wuhan, China, has now spread worldwide. This, sadly, includes all regions of Spain.
The Spanish government has declared a state of emergency and has restricted the movement of people and goods. Flights in and out of Spain (including Canary Islands etc) have been cancelled. Citizens are restricted to a visit to the shops, medical centre or emergency only as the government try to stifle the spread of the Coronavirus.
March 17th 2020
11,409 cases of Covid-19 with 509 deaths. 1028 cases recovered.
March 19th 2020
17,395 Cases of Covid-19 with 803 deaths, 1107 recovered.
March 27th 2020
Total cases 64,059 with 4,858 deaths, 9537 recovered.
March 28th 2020
72,248 cases, 5,690 deaths, 12,285 recovered
March 29th 2020
78,797 cases, 6528 deaths, 14,709 recovered
March 30th 2020
85,195 cases, 7340 deaths, 16780 recovered.
The Spanish Government also increased the isolation period to the 12th of April 2020. 832 new deaths.
The death rates and new cases are down for the third straight day in a row. Sadly, 13055 in total. A rise of 641, this is 33 down from Sunday. Hopefully, we have reached a peak and are on the way down.
April 7th 2020
Sad news. The death rates and infections have risen, after 3 days of falls. 641 to 743 – a rise of 102 deaths in the last 24 hours.
April 8th 2020
Sad news for a second day as the death rate is again on the rise. 756 deaths, a rise of 13 on yesterday. The infection rate is also up.
April 10th 2020
HOORAH! lowest deaths in 17 days. 605 deaths in the last 24 hours. Great news but still, very sad.
More good news April 11th 2020
Although there have been more deaths in Spain, the count is down for the second day running and the lowest in 18 days. 510 deaths, down by almost 100 on the previous days total. We mustn’t be complacent, we have had similar drops, only for it to pop back up. Here’s hoping.
12/04/2020 and the death toll is slightly higher than yesterday up to 619 dead from 510 yesterday. Infections are down.
Rising and falling
The death rates have been rising and falling, seemingly, two or three days at a time. Tuesday 14/04/2020 the death toll is up to 567 from a previous 517. However, the infections rate continues to drop.
Down again! 523 deaths, down by 44 from yesterday 567. Bad news though, the infections went up by a further 2000+
Up again! 551 deaths. This virus is like a Yo-Yo! But, as from 17/04/2020, the count will include all of those deaths that occurred OUTSIDE of the hospitals. It isn’t going to make good reading. Already, Spain has 19,130 deaths.
Up once more. 551 to 585 deaths in the last 24 hours.
We have now reached a watershed in Spain, as regards to the Coronavirus. The 200,000 infections mark has been passed. Corona stats are as follows: Confirmed 200210, Recovered 80587 and total deaths 20852.
As from today, until the pandemic is over, I shall only update weekly via the official Spanish Government figures. These will be posted at the top of this post.
The Spanish government is easing the lockdown for certain sectors, such as construction and food production/supplies.
Coronavirus In the Spanish Press
The Spanish government are already beginning to prepare a plan for the future as the country looks to gradually return to normal, once the coronavirus pandemic passes.
The government are working on a total resumption of activity and employment in two phases. The first one would be for the productive sectors and work, which would be from this summer; and the second one, from the end of the year.
The Minister of Labour, Yolanda Diaz, explained that measures for the country’s reactivation are being considered in two periods and warned that the most affected sectors, such as tourism and leisure, will be extended until the end of 2020.
“One that will cover the productive sectors until the summer and another that will extend until the end of the year and that would affect sectors such as tourism, culture or leisure,” she said. See more of this article from the main LA MARCA website.
Some Good News though – Handmade face masks online
Our link partners at the Forest of Dean in the UK sent me an email today. Four ladies. The content was as follows.
We are a group of four ladies who have been making masks for care workers voluntarily or four of us have had our businesses either closed or curtailed greatly due to the virus so we have started making facemasks by hand to sell having Had many people ask us if they could buy them from us.
Each mask is handmade and great care is taken to make sure they are fit for purpose. We sell them in packs of three. Our masks have 3 pleats are wire that has the ends made safe and sealed so can’t poke through.
All hand made in Wales in one very small village by for ladies that have had their business shut down by the virus
Orders can be placed either by phone email, text or Facebook (07909) 766542
There is a charge for post and packing £1.50 we send them out first class. Call us NOW and get your own PPE face masks. Check out our Facebook page.