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(MENAFN - Arab News) The ministry of health is sending sms to residents to dispel myths surrounding coronavirus.

the sms reassures residents that the virus does not spread unless there has been direct contact with pneumonia patients.

restaurants are empty and schools have recorded high absenteeism among teachers and students thanks to rumors going rampant on social media sites.

in fact schools have requested the ministry of education to look into the matter and declare a tentative break until the situation improves.

'people should not panic because the rumors far outweigh the reality" said one doctor working at a prominent hospital in jeddah who requested anonymity. 'my wife received a message that my hospital admitted 170 coronavirus patients when in reality we don't have a single one."

'one patient had been suspected but has not been diagnosed" he said. 'there were even rumors that our er had shut down which were wholly untrue."

hospitals are empty because of these rumors which is not a bad thing since residents have been advised to avoid large crowds he said. 'taking precautionary measures is advisable but this does not have to spin out of control into a case of collective panic."

'getting the coronavirus does not mean you will die" he said. 'furthermore falling ill with the flu at this time does not mean it is the coronavirus."

the health ministry is combating rumors that hospitals have been shut down in jeddah through several portals said mansour al-suwaidan project manager of the health information systems implementation project (his). 'the ministry has established toll free number 8002494444 and a twitter account (?saudimoh) to help put residents at ease."

the ministry has also established a website link on their portal mainly to educate members of the public about the virus and shed light on several cases he said. 'several tv programs are also discussing the issue and reaffirming the fact that the ministry has not notified schools or hospitals to shut down."



'the coronavirus does not spread easily among humans" said abdullah asiri assistant deputy minister for preventive medicine and member of the national scientific committee for infectious diseases. 'you need to be in direct contact with a pneumonia patient. to date there has not been a single case that has been associated with large crowds such as in haj or umrah or at schools or stadiums."

'there has also been no proven correlation between climate change in the kingdom and an increase in the incidence of the virus" said asiri. 'we had however noted an increase in the number of cases at around the same time last year."

the virus had not disappeared between these two periods he said. "cases are recorded every month which are announced by the ministry only when confirmed."

asiri said the ministry has come up with two mechanisms to combat the spread of the virus.

the first is to identify the origin of the virus in animals in coordination with other ministries he said. 'this will be done through studying the characteristics of animals found to be carrying and transmitting the virus."

the other is to accurately diagnose infected patients in order to implement swift quarantine and treatment procedures he said. 'the more accurate the diagnosis the quicker health workers and other patients can be protected."

developing an anti-corona vaccine is a tough technologically sophisticated mission he said. as such current efforts are centered on prevention and treatment while research on developing the vaccine continues he added.

in fact epidemiology and infection experts at the committee have stressed that preventive and therapeutic measures in fighting the disease are sufficient and meet international requirements.


 


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