A corona virus infection found in Haarlem, possibly the twentieth patient in the Netherlands
A resident of the municipality of Haarlem was tested positive for the corona virus on Monday. The person contracted the virus when visiting a now confirmed patient in the Netherlands, according to health authorities.
The municipal health service (GGD) in the Kennemerland region keeps an eye on the patient’s family and conducts investigations. This may be the twentieth patient in the Netherlands. On Monday, the number of cases of illness increased from ten to eighteen, RIVM reported, and there was also news that a five-year-old child from Alphen aan den Rijn carries the virus. However, it is not clear whether the child was already one of the eight new patients or whether the nineteenth patient was in the Netherlands. Of three previous patients it is still unclear who or what made them sick. These are people in Tilburg, Coevorden and Rotterdam. Earlier infections were found among residents of Loon op Zand, Amsterdam, Delft, Helmond, Houten, Oss, Dalen and Utrecht.
No reason for panic:
The virus spreads mainly through cough and sneeze drops that hang in the air for a short time. Anyone who shows no symptoms is hardly a risk of infection. Someone can infect two or three others on average. However, this figure is falling due to all precautions. The vast majority have mild (flu-like) symptoms. Almost all deaths concern older people or people with other diseases and a weaker immune system.
Less than one week after this blog was posted, we’ve gone from 20 infected people to 503 — in 6 days — according to RIVM. At this moment, there are 121 new confirmed COVID-19 patients which brings the total number of positive tests to 503. The number of new positive tests is higher than in recent days. Of the 503 reported cases, 223 live in the province of Noord-Brabant and 66 in the province of Utrecht. In addition, 57 live in the province of Zuid-Holland and 48 in the province of Limburg. Of the 503 persons, 199 were infected abroad. For 92 cases, the source of infection is still under investigation. The majority of patients with an unknown source of infection live in Noord-Brabant. https://www.rivm.nl/en/news/current-information-about-novel-coronavirus-covid-19
Fully agree! Also, the number of infections is growing, not falling. What precautions? Most people have a very relaxed attitude about this.
Sorry, but this does not seem to be the right information: someone who does not has any symptoms CAN carry the virus and spread it to others. Also the way to ‚keep an eye‘ on people who have been in contact with a infected person does not seem to be the right way to stop spreading the infection. The Dutch health authorities seem to take the virus a bit to much on the easy side. Other countries put people who had contact with an infected person in a 2 weeks home quarantine- to avoid them to infect others. Everyone should make sure to inform themselves out of serious sources – and also check the facts.
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