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Informa Markets reinforces that it is adopting all the guidelines recommended by national authorities and international bodies regarding the emerging coronavirus. It is important to remember that there are no confirmed cases in Brazil, so the country maintains level 2 of alert for the disease.
Informa Markets follows the Ministry of Health's daily update on the virus, and will continue monitoring the situation until the date of the 26th Intermodal South America, which takes place 46 days from now in São Paulo.
We have listed below some clarifications about the disease released by the Ministry of Health:
What is coronavirus?
It is a new virus that has caused respiratory disease by the coronavirus agent, with cases recently recorded in China. It is important to know that coronaviruses are a large viral family, known since the mid-1960s that cause respiratory infections in humans and animals.
How does the contagion occur?
Coronaviruses are usually transmitted through the air or through personal contact with contaminated secretions, such as: droplets of saliva; sneezing; coughing; phlegm; close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands; contact with contaminated objects or surfaces, followed by contact through the mouth, nose or eyes.
So it's a worldwide risk?
Coronaviruses have a less intense transmission than the flu virus and, therefore, the risk of greater worldwide circulation is lower. The virus can incubate for two weeks, during which time the first symptoms take to appear since the infection.
What are the symptoms?
The clinical signs and symptoms of the new coronavirus are mainly respiratory, similar to a cold. They can also cause lower respiratory tract infection, such as pneumonia. The main symptoms are fever, coughing and difficulty in breathing.
Is there a treatment?
There is no specific treatment for infections caused by human coronavirus. In the case of the new coronavirus, it is advised to rest and drink plenty of water, in addition to some measures adopted to relieve the symptoms, according to each case, such as: use of pain medication and fever (antipyretics and analgesics) and use of humidifier in the room or take a hot bath to help relieve the pain and cough.
As soon as the first symptoms appear, it is essential to seek immediate medical help to confirm diagnosis and start treatment.
How do we prevent the disease?
Avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections; washing hands frequently, especially after direct contact with sick people or the environment; using disposable tissues for nasal hygiene; covering nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing; avoiding touching mucous membranes in the eyes, nose and mouth; sanitizing hands after coughing or sneezing; not sharing personal items such as cutlery, plates, glasses or bottles; keeping environments well ventilated; avoiding close contact with people who show signs or symptoms of the disease; avoiding close contact with wild animals and sick animals on farms or livestock.