Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause respiratory illness ranging from the common cold, cough, shortness of breath, fever to other severe diseases as its symptoms.
Coronavirus is a contagious disease that can be transmitted between human beings and animals that is why it is referred to as a zoonotic virus but not as deadly as other outbreaks like Ebola, HIV/AIDs Lassa Fever, etc.
Since the outbreak started in China in 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have been monitoring the situation and posting updates on their websites, most especially how to prevent the spread of the virus.
Signs And Symptoms Of Coronavirus
Here are the common as well as the major signs and symptoms of Coronavirus and the virus can take up to 2days to 14days before one notices the symptoms after exposure to the virus.
The severity of Coronavirus symptoms can range from very mild to severe, however, people with records of existing medical conditions like heart disease may be at higher risk of contracting severe coronavirus disease.
- Fever: a low-grade fever that gradually increases in temperature
- Cough: having a cough that gets more severe over time
- Shortness of breath
- Breathing difficulty
- Other symptoms are Sneezing, Sore throat, Body aches, Fatigue, Stuffy or running nose, Chills, etc.
- Meanwhile, in severe cases coronavirus infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
Major Causes Of Coronavirus
According to research, the coronavirus outbreak is an infection caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Like other coronaviruses, it came from animals that is why it is referred to as Zoonotic virus.
In January 2020, China’s national health commission confirmed human-to-human transmission and there have been such transmissions elsewhere too apart from China.
Studies carried out by Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering. revealed that more than 125,000 people have been infected in more than 80 countries as of March 12, 2020. Over 4,600 coronavirus deaths globally while 68,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus.
Prevention Tips Of Coronavirus
Here are healthy tips to prevent the spread of coronavirus among individuals, family, and friends as the virus spreads across the globe.
- Clean/Wash Your Hands Regularly
- Avoid Touching Eyes, Nose Or Mouth
- Avoid Close Contact
- Stay Home When You Are Sick
- Get Vaccination
- Practice Respiratory Hygiene
- Practice Other Health Habits
- Stay Informed On Latest News On Coronavirus
Here is the video that breaks down everything you need to know about Coronavirus from causes to symptoms, treatment, to how to prevent the spread of the diseases.
The above video teaches individual how to abstain from these contagious diseases known as coronaviruses. Doctors are also learning new things about this virus every day.