What is coronavirus?
The CoronaVirus is part of a group of viruses that range from the common cold to SARS or MERS. Some of the coronaviruses have the ability to transmit between animals and humans and now appears to be transmitted human to human. It is called coronavirus because of his crown-shaped appearance.
SARS (CoronaVirus from Hong Kong, China 2003)
SARS also is known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. It is a severe form of pneumonia provoked by the coronavirus. This virus was first identified in February 2003 in China. It is a transmissible infection like other viruses.
MERS (Middle East CoronaVirus)
MERS also is known as Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome. It was first identified in Jordan and then in Saudi Arabia in 2012. This virus causes a respiratory illness like severe pneumonia or the flu with symptoms like coughs, fevers, chills, shortness of breath, etc.
The Novel Coronavirus from Wuhan, China ( COVID-19 )
This virus first crossed into humans at a large animal market from the City of Wuhan, China. This novel coronavirus shares a lot of clinical similarities to other coronaviruses we have seen over the past years (SARS and MERS).
The Symptoms of Coronavirus
If you have one of these symptoms, please call your doctor for more detailed information. Seek medical attention. Don’t go to your doctor, just use your phone.
Tell your doctor any information about your symptoms, don’t hide it. This way you help yourself and most importantly you help others.
So, what symptoms are we talking about?
Please watch out for these symptoms: headaches, sore throat, muscle aches, fever or dry cough. So if u have one of these symptoms, please call your doctor for more information.
Important: If anyone returning from any part of China, especially from Wuhan or Hubei Area, and has these symptoms of coronavirus, PLEASE stay indoors, avoid contact with other people and call authorities or your doctor for more information.
Stay home for at least 14 days and avoid contact with other people. This way you reduce the risk of spreading the virus. If you need food, just contact your friends or colleagues to bring it to your home.
How is spreading?
These viruses are spreading through cough, through close contact (within 2 meters of someone who is infected for at least 15 minutes). If someone coughs or sneezes, this virus can be transmissible.
Incubation Period is the period that you have the virus but you do not have any symptoms yet (up to 2 weeks).
How to prevent the infection? What can you do to avoid infection?
Recommended Hand Hygiene
Please don’t forget to wash your hands using soap and warm water. Wash your hands, the right way, for at least 20 seconds. If you don’t have soap and water available, you have the option to use a hand sanitizer. Hand Sanitizers can kill germs because it is essentially made from alcohol.
Avoid touching your face
Please avoid touching your face with your hands. Don’t rub your mouth and nose.
Why, do you ask?
Because your hands carry lots of germs and the way they get into your body, through your mouth, nose or your eyes. These are the main entry points used by germs to get into your body.
Protect your mouth and nose
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, some special masks or a surgical facemask.When you cough or sneeze, you must throw it in the bin.
Remember: the viruses can survive on the tissue for about 15-20 minutes. That is why it is very important to throw it immediately.
Surgical Facemasks (no air filter) are not so effective against the airborne viruses but they really help to prevent hand-to-mouth transition.
Note: Don’t sneeze or cough into your hands. Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
If you, by any chance, have to go into a crowded place (parks, stadiums, airports, well you get the idea) remember to use a mask, even if you are not sick.
Why doing this?
Because others can be infected, they can get in touch with you by coughing or sneezing and this way you protect your self.
Avoid any contact with the persons who are showing signs of illness (cough, sneezing)
Note: The risk of being infected with this deadly disease is very low for most of the countries outside of China. The outbreak is more concentrated in China, especially in Wuhan.
But that doesn’t mean that we don’t take measures to protect ourselves. We live in a dangerous world so we need to be prepared. It is important to remain vigilant. We need to be aware that we can get infected anywhere on the planet because of modern transportation.
Take the precautionary measures and DON’T PANIC. Be conscious of what YOU can do to prevent infection.
If you have more information about this type of infection or any type of infection, please share your view in the comment section.
Thank you for reading.