A person infected with COVID-19 poses threat to 4-5 people

The health authorities warn that not all the people realize the risk to which they expose other persons and even the own children when they refuse medical assistance if their state of health worsens. The restrictions imposed by the medical personnel are absolutely necessary in preventing the infection of other persons, IPN reports.

Minister of Health, Labor and Social Protection Viorica Dumbrăveanu told a news conference it is regrettable that there are persons who do not realize the risks to which they expose themselves and those around. “A person infected with the novel coronavirus poses a threat to four-five people. The picture in Italy, whose culture is similar to ours, shows that a person poses a threat to four people. I think the figure is high as the four persons can infect others and you see how the situation can develop," stated the minister.

Ludmila Bârcă, director of the Municipal Children’s Infectious Diseases Hospital, called on the grownups to trust the medical personnel as the health specialists act in favor of the patient. A woman was taken to the hospital together with her child on suspicion that they were infected with the coronavirus, but she refused to be examined.

“She refused to stay and didn’t allow us to examine the child. This was examined only at the emergency medical assistance stage. The woman, abusing the medical staff, left the emergency admissions unit. We evidently informed the police and other measures were also taken. We ask you to obey the instructions of the medical personnel,” stated Ludmila Bârcă, noting this is not the only case of the kind.

In the evening of March 11, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said they made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic. In the same news conference, WHO Representative and Head of the Country Office in Moldova Igor Pokanevych said this means that the novel coronavirus has potential to spread all over the world and an increasing number of countries report cases of infection. “This does not mean that the disease intensified or particular symptoms intensified or that the number of victims or the death toll rose. This speaks about the current potential,” noted the official.

According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, 118,619 cases of infection with COVID-19 have been recorded worldwide by March 11. The death toll increased to 4,292.
Four cases of infection with COVID-19 have been confirmed in Moldova so far.

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