A piece of sensational news regarding the health came out in late December. Yes, It was about Coronavirus. This virus that originated from Wuhan, China made a huge noise throughout the globe. Fortunately, public health officials from various countries, have succeeded in taking measures to prevent this virus from further spreading of the virus. It includes a medical test at major airports in the US for people going to Wuhan. Go ahead to know more about this deadly virus that is causing a sensation in the medical field.
What is Coronavirus?
It is a virus that causes common cold and infections in the upper respiratory tract. They usually affect animals and spread from one animal to the other. The medical authorities of China reported several cases to the WHO (World Health Organization) in December 2019. Most of the infected cases had contact with the seafood and animal market in Wuhan.
What are the symptoms you should look out for?
The possible symptoms might include cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms also include nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Some people recover in a very short period but people with a weak immune system tend to develop complications that might lead to pneumonia and bronchitis.
How to treat it?
Scientists are constantly working on understanding the virus and the medical authorities of China have posted the genome of this virus in the international databases. But unfortunately, there are no approved antivirals for this particular virus. Hence for the cases that have been affected by his virus, the only specialized treatment and close care at the ICU can be lifesaving.
Do you need to worry?
Unless you are in contact with a traveler from Wuhan, China who has been affected by this Coronavirus you are safe. There are high chances of the virus spreading through cough or sneeze of an infected person. In the future, there might be a situation where the virus might also spread through fecal or oral contact.
Follow these basic steps to avoid getting infected from the virus.
- Cover your face with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands.
- Stay at home from school or work in case you have a fever.
- Stay away from people who have an infection in their respiratory tract.