Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.
How does COVID-19 spread?
People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their nose, mouth or eyes. People can also virus if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.
The main way the disease spreads is through respiratory droplets expelled by someone who is coughing. The risk of catching COVID-19 from someone with no symptoms at all is very low. However, some people with coronavirus experience only mild symptoms. This is particularly true in the early stages of the disease. It is, therefore, possible to catch COVID-19 from someone who has, for example, just a mild cough and does not feel ill.
What can I do to protect myself?
You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading infection by taking some simple precautions:
- Wash your hands frequently. Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
- Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
- Practice respiratory hygiene. Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
- If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
COVID-19 in St Petersburg
Unfortunately, at the moment St Petersburg is not accessible to foreign travelers until April 30. Russian government closes borders to almost all foreign citizens amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Officially, there are 19 coronavirus cases in St. Petersburg today – March, 25. All the individuals who were found to have symptoms of infections diseases were isolated.
You can look at the actual statistics about cases of the sick worldwide and in Russia on the website worldometers.info/coronavirus/.
From March 16 to April 30, public events numbering more than 1,000 people were banned in St. Petersburg. In the Leningrad Region, the number of people at such events should not exceed 300. For this reason, some international events have been canceled.
The organizers of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum have announced that the annual business conference will be canceled. The 2020 forum had been scheduled for June 3 – 6. The heads of state of more than 20 countries have attended SPIEF in the past, and Vladimir Putin visits the event every year.
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VIRTUAL VISIT TO THE MUSEUM IN ST. PETERSBURG Great news for those who have to postpone a trip to Russia. While the world is looking for a vaccine against the coronavirus, you can stroll through the halls of St. Petersburg museums. We have prepared a list of museums on the site of which you can take a virtual tour and see their exhibits without leaving your home. HERMITAGE MUSEUM https://www.hermitagemuseum.org It will take you several years to see all the exhibits of the largest museum in Russia. Start exploring the masterpieces of world art right now, especially if you have to be in quarantine. Not only a permanent exhibition but also some previous exhibitions are available on the website of the @hermitage_museum. RUSSIAN MUSEUM https://rusmuseumvrm.ru The @russian_museum offers online tours of the main exhibition – from the Marble Palace and Benois Wing to the Summer Garden and the House of Peter the Great. In addition, the website has eight temporary exhibitions, including those held in the Spanish branch of the museum. Walking through the virtual hall, you can explore each exhibit in close proximity, read its history and biography of the creator. PETERHOF https://peterhofmuseum.ru/about/tour You can see the famous palace and park ensemble of Peterhof from a bird's eye view. By the way, the site of @peterhof_museum hosts the online broadcast from the Grand Cascade at the Lower Park. #stpetersburg #spb #hermitage #russianmuseum #peterhof #petersburgexpert #travelrussia #quarantine #coronavirus