01/31/2020 17:49:42

No panic: What is the coronavirus?

The coronavirus is an acute infectious disease. The main danger is that a rapidly progressing pneumonia may result from it. The disease is transmitted from person to person by airborne droplets. The first in the coronavirus family was discovered in 1960. In December 2019, a new viral strain — dubbed 2019-ncoV — was documented in Wuhan, China.

Symptoms:

  • General fatigue.

  • Elevated body temperature.

  • White tongue.

  • Runny or stuffy nose.

  • Dry or slightly wet cough.

  • Breathlessness.

So far no cases of the disease have been identified in Russia. The health authorities are monitoring the epidemiological situation in the country and have taken measures to strengthen sanitary and quarantine control. The holidays for Chinese students at Russian universities have been extended until March 1.

The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology is taking preventive measures, which include providing pyrometers (infrared thermometers) for remote body temperature monitoring at security checkpoints.

Prevention measures:

  • Inquire about the epidemiological situation when traveling abroad.

  • Wear a mask for respiratory protection.

  • Drink only bottled water and eat only thermally processed foods.

  • Wash your hands before eating and after visiting crowded places.

If you feel ill or fatigued, immediately seek qualified medical attention, which you can get for free between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. at the MIPT Health Center, at 23 Moskovskoye Shosse Bldg. 5., Room 26, or dial any of the following numbers:

+7-495 632-9671,

+7-495 632-9672,

+7-495 632-9673.

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Update: As of 1 p.m. Jan. 31, the first two cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Russia. Both of the patients are Chinese citizens.
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