Six months of COVID-19: what do we know?

On 31st December last year, Chinese authorities alerted the World Health Organisation to an outbreak of a novel strain of coronavirus causing severe illness, which was subsequently named SARS-CoV-2.

As we are now only too well aware, this virus is the cause of COVID-19, an infectious disease that can present symptoms ranging from very mild non-respiratory conditions to severe acute respiratory illness and on rare occasions, a fatal multi-organ disease.

Six months on since the alarm was raised and COVID-19 has swept across the globe, affecting 213 countries and territories worldwide. As of 29th June there have been over 10 million confirmed cases and over half a million confirmed deaths with the actual numbers believed to be much higher.

Knowledge and advice relating to the disease is constantly evolving and while employers have a duty of care to keep up-to-date on guidance and protect their employees, even the most well-resourced organisations are struggling to keep on top of all the latest information.

To help support our clients, Healix’s Chief Medical Officer has produced a comprehensive reference guide, updated weekly, containing everything you need to know about the disease, as well as sharing our latest advice for travellers.

Inside ‘Six months of COVID-19’:

  • Overview
  • Transmission – how the virus spreads
  • Symptoms – characteristic signs of infection
  • Treatment – update on treatments being used and investigated
  • Prevention – preventative measures to mitigate risk of infection
  • Testing – update on PCR and Serology (antibody) testing
  • Advice for travellers and employees

Reference: Country band categorisation

Band A

(Severe Risk)

  • Afghanistan
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica ↑
  • Dominican Republic ↑
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel ↑
  • Kazakhstan ↑
  • Kuwait ↑
  • Mexico
  • Nepal
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Africa
  • USA – Arizona ↑, Florida ↑, S Carolina ↑, (New) Louisiana
  • Yemen

Band B

(High Risk)

  • Albania
  • Algeria ↑
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus ↓
  • Bulgaria ↑
  • Cameroon
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • French Guiana
  • Gabon
  • Ghana ↑
  • Guatemala
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya ↑
  • Moldova ↓
  • Morocco ↑
  • North Macedonia
  • Nigeria
  • Philippines ↑
  • Qatar
  • Romania ↑
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Sudan
  • Sweden ↓
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • USA – N Carolina, Oklahoma, Nevada, Texas, (New) Wisconsin, Washington, Ohio, California, Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, New Mexico, Delaware, Georgia, Utah, Mississippi, Idaho, Tennessee
  • UAE
  • Venezuela

Band B countries – localised lockdown

  • UK
  • Germany
  • Australia
  • Spain

Band C

(Moderate Risk)

  • Canada
  • (New) Croatia
  • DR Congo
  • Djibouti ↓
  • Ethiopia
  • France
  • Haiti ↓
  • Italy
  • (New) Luxembourg
  • Mauritania
  • Malaysia
  • Poland ↓
  • Portugal
  • Singapore ↓
  • Turkmenistan
  • USA – Excl. the above in Band A/.B
  • Zimbabwe

Band C countries – localised lockdown

  • China

Note: These bands are used to give an indication of country / regional risk rating using the following criteria:

  • Ongoing cases per capita
  • Deaths per capita
  • Health care capacity
  • Prevalence of testing

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