World Health Organisation(WHO) first recognised Covid-19 in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. After this discovery, cases began to appear in different countries, first in Thailand, Japan and the Republic of Korea. Towards the end of January 2020 cases had developed in some European countries including Germany and the UK. It was then when WHO declared ‘Public Health Emergency of Internaional Concern’, which later became ‘Global Pandemic’ in early March 2020. Resulting in many countries going into lock down, boarders where closed, face masks became mandatory in many places. Throughout 2020 cases and deaths escalated and today in 2021 there are around 90,000,000 cases and deaths due to Covid-19 has surpassed 1,900,000.
There are a variety of symptoms of Covid-19, the NHS states that the main symptoms are a high temperature, a continuous cough that you did not already have or much worse than usual and a loss or change in smell and/or taste. But other symptoms can include shortness of breath, loss of appetite, sore throat, headache, nausea, diarrhoea and more. If you think you may have symptoms of Covid-19 please seek advice and take a test.
The pandemic has had many effects on the world we live in today, in addition to the many lives lost. Many people have been unable to work where workplaces have had to close due to restrictions and working from home is not possible. This has caused for businesses to close more permanently due to not being able to afford to keep paying for a business that has no income. Mental health is greater concern since the start of the pandemic, with people fearing the effects on their life, however this anxiety is decreasing.
Today the UK is in National lockdown, therefore the following advice is based on this. The current advice from the UK Government is to stay at home. Work from home if you can, shop when necessary but where a face mask indoor any public area, exercise within your local area, socially distance yourself 2 metres from anyone who is not from your household. Please check for current or further advice on the following link. WHO have found that Covid-19 can be passed from an infected person through respiratory or contact, this can include contact with objects and surfaces. Be sure to wash your hands when possible and if can not then use anti bacterial gel.
1 in 3 people who have the virus have no symptoms, so you could be spreading it without knowing it.UK Government