Spain Is Second Worst Affected Country In Europe

Spain Is Second Worst Affected Country In Europe.  Cases of coronavirus continue to increase rapidly.  Spain is now the second worst affected European country after Italy.

Spain Is Second Worst Affected Country In Europe

Spain Is Second Worst Affected Country In Europe

Spain is the second worst affected country in Europe after Italy, reporting 6043 confirmed coronavirus cases at 17.00 on Saturday 14th March.  Italy currently has 15,000 confirmed cases.  So far the death toll in Spain stands at 191, with 517 patients recovering from the virus.  Andalucia is reporting 304 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 146 of those in the Malaga area.

2086 New Cases Yesterday

Infection rates are increasing rapidly, with 2086 cases recorded yesterday.  This figure is an increase of almost 1200 since the previous day.  The Spanish government continue to take steps to slow the spread of the virus, with a lockdown expected to be enforced from 8am on Monday.

Malaga Teenager Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Confirmed cases in Spain continue to rise sharply.

Coronavirus Mortality Rate

The mortality rate for coronavirus currently stands at around 3.4% globally (source: WHO).  In direct comparison, the flu has a mortality rate of around 1% (source: WHO).

Experts maintain that there is no need for panic, and whilst infection can be unpleasant it is very unlikely to be fatal for anyone in good health.

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).

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”. 

Published: 14.03.2020

Written by Dave James

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