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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The so-called novel coronavirus, now officially called Covid-19, is deeply changing our daily lives. This tragedy of unprecedented scale is shaking people across the world and disrupting the global economy. The growing adverse impact of the pandemic is savaging global industries in practically all sectors.

One of these is the auto industry. In the past few weeks, automakers including Ford, GM, Tesla, Nissan, Ferrari, Lamborghini and more have understandably suspended their operations, with workers being sent home to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Earlier, various major international auto shows like the Geneva Auto Show and the New York Auto Show had been called off -- underscoring the severity of the situation which has now hit at once-shining testaments to the robust health of the industry.

Amid this severe outbreak, consumer confidence is obviously at an all-time low. In the Philippines, the whole island of Luzon is on a month-long enhanced community quarantine, making the wheels of industry grind to a halt.

We await to see how this ultimately impacts the auto industry but, surely, many consumers previously interested in or were browsing for a new vehicle are likely to pass on that at least for the meantime.

This means a challenging period looms in the horizon for all the industry stakeholders. Carmakers and dealers need to be creative and agile to adapt to this new normal while assuring better days ahead. Here's hoping it gets better sooner than later.

For informational purposes only. Consult your local medical authority for advice.
Source: World Health Organization

Coronavirus FAQs

  • What exactly is a coronavirus?

    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 such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered one leads to coronavirus disease, COVID-19.

  • What is COVID-19?

    COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

  • What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

    The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. The patients may experience aches and pains, runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but do not develop any symptoms and do not feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develop difficulty in breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

  • How does COVID-19 spread?

    Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.

  • What can I do to protect myself and prevent the spread of disease?

    You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:
    DO THE FIVE, Help stop coronavirus
    1. HANDS - Wash them often
    2. ELBOW - Cough into it
    3. FACE - Dont touch it
    4. SPACE - Keep a safe distance
    5. HOME - Stay if you can

  • Coronavirus Treatment: How Is COVID-19 Treated?

    There is no specific medicine to prevent or treat coronavirus disease (COVID-19). People may need supportive care to help them breathe.
    1. Self-care If you have mild symptoms, stay at home until you’ve recovered. You can relieve your symptoms if you:
    -rest and sleep
    -keep warm
    -drink plenty of liquids
    -use a room humidifier or take a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough
    2. Medical treatments If you develop a fever, cough, and have difficulty in breathing, promptly seek medical care. Call in advance and tell your health provider of any recent travel or recent contact with travelers.