Coronavirus and COVID-19: How to Successfully Cope with the Disease


On March 2020, the world finally came into realization about the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic that was initially detected at a seafood and wildlife market in Wuhan, China on December 31, 2019.

The disease was officially declared by the World Health Organization as a “pandemic” on March 13, 2019. This means that the disease has rapidly spread out of its original source to all continents of the world, causing multiple infections and deaths.

The disease, called “Covid-19” is caused by a flu-like coronavirus that causes the following symptoms (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2020):

2-14 days after exposure

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Beyond 14 days (seek medical advice immediately)

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

The virus is spread through person-to-person contact through “respiratory droplets produced by an infected person” (Center for Disease Control, 2020).

Effects in CPSC Member Countries

Measures adopted to curb the disease

The Center for Disease Control (2020) encourages the governments to adopt the following to curb the rapid rise of cases which may overwhelm the country’s health system. Their general recommendations are the following:

  • Stay at home except to get medical care
  • Separate yourself from other people or animals in your home
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Wear a facemask
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean all “high-touch surfaces” everyday
  • Monitor your symptoms

According to them as well, there are presently no vaccine yet to prevent COVID-19 and the best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure.

The respective governments of CPSC also adopted different measures to curb the disease spreading from their populations. The summary of which include the following

Announcements from CPSC

  • CPSC will temporarily assign its staff to work from home starting from March 16 until further notice due to restrictions of movement that are currently in place in the entire Metro Manila region.
  • CPSC’s upcoming events that were confirmed (ICP Maldives, ICP Bhutan, RP Singapore, RP India) will be postponed. New dates will be pending as per advice from respective ministries.
  • CPSC’s training programs for the whole month of April are postponed until further notice.


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