What is Coronavirus and What Should I do to be Safe?


As you all know, up until now, no cure for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus has been found. Here is everything that you need to know about the Coronavirus.

What is Coronavirus?

The Covid-19 is caused by a family of Coronaviruses that are known to cause illness related to the respiratory system.

These illnesses range from the common cold or flu to more severe diseases such as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Now, what is the 2019 Novel Coronavirus?

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus is a brand new strain of Coronavirus that attacks the respiratory system. The first case of this deadly virus first appeared in Wuhan city in China.

Transmission of Coronavirus

How is the Virus Spread?

It is essential to realize that Coronavirus is airborne and is commonly spread through:

  1. Contact from an infected person.
  2. Contact with contaminated surfaces
  3. Eating raw or partially cooked meat from infected animals.
  4. And lastly, direct contact from infected animals.

Now that you know what Coronavirus is and how it is transmitted let us check out the symptoms.

Coronavirus Symptoms

Just like a common cold. Those who have fallen ill from this deadly virus, report symptoms like:

  1. Running nose.
  2. High fever.
  3. Sore throat.
  4. Headache.
  5. Breathing difficulties.
  6. Cough.
  7. And lastly, a general feeling of being unwell.

In more severe cases, of the virus attack, the infections can cause pneumonia, kidney failure, acute respiratory syndrome, organ failure, and lastly death.

Currently, the virus has no vaccine, cure or treatment as regular antibiotics have no chance against it.

Recovery from this type of disease depends entirely on your immune system. For this reason, children and the elderly are prone to attack.

Coronavirus Prevention

However, you can reduce the risks of infection from the deadly virus by;

  • Covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough.
  • Washing your hands with clean water and soap after sneezing or coughing when caring for the sick or shaking other people’s hands.
  • If you don’t have access to water, use a hand sanitizer to clean your hands.
  • Wearing a protective mask.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-related symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and high fever.
  • Cook meat and eggs thoroughly.
  • Avoid spitting in public places.

Although this may be true, the coronavirus outbreak hasn’t been declared as a PANDEMIC which in WHO terms is “The worldwide spread of a disease”.

Here are some other Public Health Emergencies that have been declared by the World Health Organisation since 2009

  1. Ebola -2019
  2. Zika virus – 2016
  3. Ebola – 2014
  4. Poliovirus -2014
  5. Swine Flu 2009

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