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COVID-19 ADVISORY

What is Coronavirus? 

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds, and respiratory tract infections in humans. Typically, these infections are mild, but rarer forms such as Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) can be lethal. 
COVID-19 seems to be spread in a similar way to cold and flu bugs, through droplets created when a person coughs or sneezes being left on surfaces, which are then touched by other people and spread the disease further. 

Symptoms

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include the following:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

If you have these symptoms, stay home and contact your health-care provider for medical guidance. Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care, emergency room or other health facility without contacting them first. Your provider will need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic.

Precautionary Measures 

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Wipe your hands with disposable paper towels or clean towels.
  • Soap and water should always be used if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose, if hand washing facilities are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow (sleeve sneezing) or use a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and immediately dispose of the tissue in a covered bin
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Ensure thorough cooking of meat and eggs

*WHO recommended Tests centers for Corona virus in Pakistan:*

WHO contact

  • Islamabad

Dr Michael Lukwiya
0300 8429534
lukwiyam@who.int

  • Karachi

Dr Haris Mustafa
0333-1595551
hmustafa@who.int
Agha Khan Hospital
National Stadium Rd, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Karachi City,
AND
Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Center
Rafiq، Sarwar Shaheed Rd, Karachi Cantonment,
Ph: 021-99201300

  • Islamabad

Dr Salman Ahmed
National Institute of Health
Chak Shahzad, Islamabad salman14m@gmail.com
Cell # 0333-5384248
Ph: 051-9255815
Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences
G-8, Islamabad,
Ph: (051) 9261170

  • Peshawar

Dr Saeed Khan
0300 5903375
khansae@who.int
Care facility send the samples to NIH-Islamabad
Police & Services Hospital Peshawar
Police Rd, PTCL Colony, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Ph: 091-9223472

  • Quetta

Dr Dawood Riaz
0333-7804297
riazd@who.int
Care facility send the samples to NIH-Islamabad
Fatima Jinnah Chest and General Hospital – Quetta
Bahadurabad, Wahdat Colony, Quetta, Balochistan
Sheikh Zahid Hospital – Quetta
Mastung Rd, Quetta, Balochistan

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