The Ministry of Health, through the AADE, is sending out instructions to all citizens about the coronavirus. This means that citizens will receive the following message, with questions and answers about the coronavirus, at the email address they have registered with Taxisnet.
The message is as follows:
“Dear Lady / Dear Sir,
This e-mail is sent by the Independent Public Revenue Office (AADE) on behalf of the Ministry of Health for your information.
Ministry of Health
What is COVID-19 and what is SARS-CoV-2?
The new coronavirus-2019 is now called SARS-CoV-2, and the disease it causes is called COVID-19. The virus was first detected in December 2019 in Yuhan, China, and has since spread to more than 60 countries around the world. It is a new strain of coronavirus that had not been isolated in humans before.
What is the way the virus is transmitted?
Although the virus originates from animals, it is transmitted from human to human. Transmission is thought to be mainly via the respiratory droplets from sneezing, coughing or exhaling.
When is a case of the disease considered more contagious?
An incident is considered more contagious when it has symptoms, but it could also be contagious in the asymptomatic phase. We do not know the rate of asymptomatic cases, nor the exact role they play in the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, but it is likely to be less than that of symptomatic cases.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19 infection?
The main symptoms of the disease include:
How many patients have a serious illness?
Most patients develop mild disease. In the event of a more severe illness, the patient may develop severe pneumonia and may need to be hospitalized.
Which people are most at risk?
People belonging to a high risk group (eg elderly, cardiovascular, diabetes mellitus, hepatic or pulmonary diseases) are more likely to develop serious disease.
When Should I Check for COVID-19?
If it has:
Acute respiratory infection (sudden onset of disease, with at least one of the following symptoms: fever, cough, dyspnoea), with or without hospitalization
At least one of the following epidemiological criteria, within the last 14 days before the onset of symptoms:
• Close contact with a possible or confirmed case from the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus
• Travel history in SARS-CoV-2 affected areas based on current epidemiological data.
Any suspected case should be immediately tested for SARS-CoV-2 virus.
In this case, it is recommended to immediately contact EODY at tel: 210.52.12.054 and not visit a health care provider without EODY’s prior notice.
For more information see website: https://eody.gov.gr/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2019-ncov-orismos-kroysmatos-2.pdf
In what areas of the world is the community spread?
In which European countries have cases of COVID-19 occurred?
According to ECDC (Situation update worldwide, March 1, 2020) cases have been reported in 29 European countries, with 4 provinces of northern Italy continuing to broadcast to the community. 7 cases have been recorded in Greece to date, all with travel history in the affected areas / provinces of Italy.
Why is the number of cases increasing so fast?
The two main reasons for the rapid increase in the number of cases is that the virus is transmitted from human to human and that its detection capability has improved.
What does it mean to get in touch with the virus?
‘Contact’, for COVID-19, is a person who has no symptoms and may have been contacted by a COVID-19 patient or an asymptomatic person. The risk of infection depends on the degree of exposure to the virus and requires specific investigation by ESA staff.
How can I be protected from COVID-19?
General precautionary measures against respiratory viruses, including the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, in the environment of training units are listed below:
Personal hygiene instructions:
• Staying home and abstaining from attending classes or working with anyone with symptoms of respiratory infection
• Avoid close contact, wherever possible, with anyone with respiratory symptoms, such as coughing or sneezing. This is especially true for people belonging to vulnerable groups.
• Avoid hand contact with eyes, nose and mouth to reduce the risk of infection.
• In coughing or sneezing, cover the nose and mouth with the sleeve at the elbow height or with a tissue, disposing of the used tissue in the trash cans and diligent hand washing.
• Regular and thorough handwashing with liquid soap and water for at least 20 ”, prior to taking food and after visiting the toilet, and careful hand drying with disposable paper towels and disposal in trash cans.
• As an alternative to handwashing, a good rubbing of the hands with an antiseptic alcohol solution or alcohol tissue may be appropriate.
What if I have close contact with someone I suspect has COVID-19?
Contact ESA at tel: 210.52.12.054 and do not visit ESA without prior notification to ESA.
Can the mask protect me effectively from COVID-19?
The use of a mask prevents the transmission of the disease from those who are ill to others. The mask is used to protect health professionals and is not recommended for use in the healthy population.
Is there a vaccine for COVID-19?
There is currently no vaccine available for COVID-19, so early diagnosis and implementation of disease prevention measures are important. Many pharmaceutical companies are working on the vaccine.
For more information you can visit EODY’s website www.eody.gov.gr. “