We wanted to give you some useful information about the new coronavirus based on European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). We also want to inform you that we are closely monitoring and following the recommendations, instructions and news from competent institutions of the Republic of Slovenia regarding the safety and security of all our visitors. Preparations for the Smile Ljubljana festival are under way with the event date of 24 June 2020 (more than 3 months after this announcement).
We would like to introduce you with some key information on the virus.
WHAT IS SARS-COV-2 AND WHAT IS COVID-19?
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the name given to the 2019 novel coronavirus. COVID-19 is the name given to the disease associated with the virus. SARS-CoV-2 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. Coronaviruses are viruses that circulate among animals with some of them also known to infect humans. Bats are considered as natural hosts of these viruses yet several other species of animals are also known to be a source. For instance, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is transmitted to humans from camels, and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-1 (SARS-CoV-1) is transmitted to humans from civet cats. More information on coronaviruses can be found on the ECDC factsheet.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 INFECTION?
The virus can cause mild, flu-like symptoms such as:
– difficulty breathing
– muscle pain
More serious cases develop severe pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, sepsis and septic shock that can lead to death. Generally elderly people and those with underlying health conditions (e.g. hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease and cancer) are considered to be more at risk of developing severe symptoms.
HOW CAN I AVOID GETTING INFECTED?
The virus enters your body via your eyes, nose and/or mouth, so it is important to avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
Washing of hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or cleaning hands with alcohol-based solutions, gels or tissues is recommended in all settings.
It is important to note that people who are infected but who do not (yet) have symptoms are not believed to be infectious.