Malaga Teenager Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Malaga Teenager Tests Positive For Coronavirus. A 17 year old girl has tested positive for COVID-19 in Malaga after returning from a school trip to Italy.

Malaga Teenager Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Malaga Teenager Tests Positive For Coronavirus

A 17 year old girl is being treated at her home in Malaga after a positive test for coronavirus.  The girl had returned early from a school trip to Italy, along with 77 other students and 3 teachers from the Santa Rosa de Lima school.

The school decided to end the trip to Italy early because of fears of the coronavirus.  The group arrived back in Spain on the 26th February.  All other members of the group are being monitored closely for signs of infection.

Confirmed Cases In Andalucia

There are now 14 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Andalucia,  though one of those patients has now been cleared following a negative test and is in recovery.  Some patients are receiving care in isolation at home, and others continue to be treated at local hospitals.  Health experts are still saying there is no need to panic. 

Panic Buying UK

Panic buying in the UK has seen shops run out pasta, hand gel, and toilet paper.

No Panic Buying On The Costa Del Sol

Supermarkets in the UK are running out of products including hand gel, soap, nappies, and toilet paper as people are panic buying and stockpiling because of the coronavirus – but Andalucia remains calm and most stores are well stocked.  Some residents have reported difficulties purchasing sanitising hand gel, but most domestic products are readily available.

Shop owner Dani Moreno in Torremolinos says things remain calm at the moment.  “We’ve not seen a big rush on domestic items so far.  I’ve seen the panic buying in the UK on the news and that’s worrying.  I hope people here don’t overreact to the situation.  If everyone keeps things as normal then there will be no problems for us.”

Coronavirus Confirmed In Andalucia

The CDC has advised against wearing facemasks.

Face masks Not Necessary

Despite the advice not to wear face masks, many pharmacies in the area are reporting that they have sold out.  Chemist Juan Garcia in Malaga is urging people not to buy them until they are needed.  “The face masks are not very effective at preventing you from catching a virus.  Their main purpose is to prevent a carrier from spreading the illness.  It’s better not to buy one unless you think you may be exposed.  The best preventative measures would be to use hand gel frequently and maintain good personal hygiene”. 

Washing Hands

Frequent hand washing is advised to help protect yourself from catching coronavirus.

Protect Yourself From Coronavirus

There are some simple steps you can take to minimise your risk of catching the coronavirus.  The CDC has issued these guidelines:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • It is not not recommended that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Published: 04.03.2020

Written by Dave James

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