By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Ukraine Ministry of Health reported (computer translated) a case of COVID-19 caused by a new coronavirus has been reported in Ukraine. The patient was hospitalized on February 29. Research from the Reference Center of the Public Health Center showed a positive result last night. All contact points are supervised by epidemiologists. Samples sent to WHO.

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The disease was discovered in a man who traveled to Italy in February. The patient returned to Ukraine by plane from Italy via the town of Suceava (Romania). He arrived in Chernivtsi with his wife on February 26, 2020, via his private car through Porubne checkpoint. The woman and the man underwent temperature screening, and they did not find any symptoms of acute respiratory disease. They were given a note of self-isolation. This was announced at a briefing by Deputy Minister of Health Viktor Lyashko.

He added: “The system worked out clearly. He had no signs of acute respiratory disease at the border. The husband and his wife decided to self-isolate, according to the monument they had given them. On February 29, he had symptoms of acute respiratory disease. Because the memo states that you should see your family doctor, he or she has contacted your doctor. According to the algorithms, since the anamnesis was in the last 14 days of a trip to Italy, the doctor decided to hospitalize. Transportation was carried out by a special medical team. Men’s symptoms include fever and dry cough. The condition is stable, without complications. “

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The Deputy Minister also provided information on the health status of the wife of a Ukrainian COVID-19 patient. He noted that she did not have any symptoms of acute respiratory illness, but that she was self-isolated at home with a preventive purpose, in compliance with all WHO recommendations.

He also urged not to buy medical masks from pharmacies: “You should only use masks if you have signs of an acute viral illness, or if you are a doctor who works with patients. Masks can create a false sense of security and people will not perform important safety measures: wash their hands and the like. They are healthy for nothing. “

Finally, Viktor Lyashko updated the information about the observation in the New Sanzhary of the Poltava region: “Everyone who is in the observation, as shown by the studies, is healthy. No symptoms of acute respiratory disease have been identified so far. Already this Thursday, March 5, the observation period is over and they will all return home.”