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Recommendation from FVH management about 2019-nCoV infection

Dear patients,

The management of FV Hospital is getting round-the-clock information from a variety of sources including scientific publications, the WHO and epidemiologic data, about the Coronavirus (“2019-nCoV “) epidemic that started in China.

It is understandable that, given what is published in the media, everybody is worried and afraid of contracting the disease, which is feared to be life-threatening. However, the most recent data indicate that the disease associated with 2019-nCoV appears to be relatively mild, recovery from the disease occurs in a few days in those cases hospitalised, and the mortality rate among severe cases is around 2%, which is about the same rate as what is seen with severe cases of  common flu.

It is recommended that people with symptoms of acute respiratory infection (cough, fever, shortness of breath) seek medical advice especially if they recently have been travelling to China or have had close contact with a person with suspected 2019-nCoV infection.

Such patients will have to be isolated until diagnostic tests are performed, those positive with the Coronavirus will be transferred into a specialised public hospital.

Wearing a mask all the time is NOT recommended and not necessary. For people, like hospital staff, who must be in contact with patients with acute respiratory infection the wearing of a proper mask (N95) is recommended.

FV Hospital Management