Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU), a platform of journalists, recently opened a booth for collecting samples of coronavirus suspected patients among the journalists.
New coronavirus claimed 328 lives and infected 22,268 people in the country so far, according to Directorate General of Health Services.
The respiratory virus spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.
To protect themselves people need to clean their hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
The virus that causes COVID-19 infects people of all ages. However, evidence to date suggests that two groups of people are at a higher risk of getting severe COVID-19 disease. These are older people (that is people over 60 years old); and those with underlying medical conditions (such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer).
UNB photographer captured health workers collecting samples from COVID-19 suspected journalists at DRU in Segun Bagicha on Sunday.
A health worker inspecting the report of a possible coronavirus patient.
A health worker writing necessary information of a possibly infected journalist while the patient is sitting beside him maintaining distance.
Sample of a journalist with COVID-19 symptoms collected in plastic bag.
A journalist gives his samples to a health worker.
A health worker collects a sample.
A health worker helps to preserve the samples of a journalist with COVID-19 symptoms.