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Coronaviruses (CoV) are a group of viruses that can cause a wide range of illnesses including the common cold and pneumonia. COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by a strain of coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.
The first reports about this virus emerged in December 2019, and it was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in March 2020.
COVID-19 can be described as:
COVID-19 can be a severe condition. It has caused millions of deaths around the world, as well as lasting health problems in some people who have survived the illness.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include the following:
Bring your child to the doctor if your child is:
COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is spread through droplets, contact and airborne transmission. It may spread through:
Recent scientific data suggests that transmission may occur even before an infected person shows symptoms. This is called pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic transmission.
You are at risk for COVID-19 if you have been in close contact with an infected individual. The following groups of people are at higher risk of developing severe disease due to COVID-19:
In severe infections, COVID-19 can involve multiple organs and conditions:
Long COVID syndrome refers to residual symptoms that people continue to experience long after recovering from the disease. These symptoms may last for 4 weeks or longer.
In Singapore, about 10% of people (who were unvaccinated) may suffer from this. Overall, observations have indicated that occurrence of long COVID is reduced in those who are vaccinated.
Common symptoms of long COVID include:
COVID-19 vaccines reduce your risk of infection, severe illness due to COVID-19, and long COVID. This is because the vaccine allows our bodies to build an immune response to the COVID-19 protein.
In addition to vaccination, you should practise the following habits to avoid contracting and spreading COVID-19:
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