Overview of the most important facts of the Coronavirus COVID-19

ORANJESTAD - The Department of Public Health in Aruba is announcing the latest developments of the Coronavirus COVID-19.

There are currently no suspected nor confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Aruba.

The Coronavirus named COVID-19 was discovered in China near the end of 2019 and has since been the headlines of most news coverage.

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?

First of all, individuals with the flu do not necessarily have the COVID-19.

  • 82% of the Covid-19 cases result in moderate flu-like symptoms  
  • 18% of infected individuals may experience severe or critical symptoms.

The chances of being infected with the Coronavirus, are possible if:

  • The individual has visited an infected region or country over the past 14 days.
  • The individual has been in direct contact with a person confirmed with the Coronavirus.

Countries with higher risks of individuals contracting the Coronavirus are China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, and Japan.

What you should do if you think you have the Coronavirus.

If you develop flu-like symptoms and have recently visited any region that has the Coronavirus or have been in direct contact with someone infected with Coronavirus, you should contact your family physician by phone. Do not visit your family physician in person.

Coronavirus COVID-19-virusHow does the Coronavirus spread?

The virus spreads from human to human between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 2 meters) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).

Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. People can be infected and not even noticing any symptoms as in most cases the symptoms appear after a few days. (between 2 and 14 days)

Can a person get infected twice with Coronavirus COVID-19

Once you have been infected with the COVID-19 virus, your body will make antibodies to fight the Coronavirus making it impossible to get infected again with the same Covid-19.

How dangerous is the COVID-19?

It is still unclear how dangerous the COVID-19 is, but so far the mortality rate is 3.4% of all infected cases. Most fatalities where patients with existing medical conditions. The majority of infected patients have recovered or are still recovering. About 18% of the total infected cases experienced severe symptoms.

This data is of all confirmed cases, but the amounts may vary due to unregistered cases.

Is there a cure for the Covid-19?

There is currently no pharmaceutical treatment or official drug to cure the COVID-19 virus, but scientists and drug companies are racing to develop treatments. Doctors treat the symptoms in the hope ta alleviate these, like administering oxygen to patients having difficulty breathing.

Is there a vaccine available for the Covid-19?

According to the WHO, there are currently more than 20 vaccines in development globally and several therapeutics are in clinical trials but indicated that it can take some time before being available.

For more information or questions, please contact the Department of Public Health at

522-4200 and ask for the section for Contagious. 

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