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What is coronavirus, what are it’s symptoms, what to do to be safe, if you are the one who have all these question running on your mind then don’t worry we are here to help you.
Today we have tried to found the answers of all questions that comes to your mind ,so that you can take precaution and be safe.
Q. WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS?
Coronavirus (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome(MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) .A novel Coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans .According to WHO (World Health Organization).
Q. HOW DANGEROUS IS CORONAVIRUS?
In 2019-nCoV(Novel Corona Virus) infection can cause mild symptoms including a runny nose ,sore throat, cough and fever. It can be more severe for some persons and can lead to pneumonia or breathing difficulties. More rarely, the disease can be fatal. Older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as, diabetes and heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.
Q. COMMON SIGNS OF CORONAVIRUS?
If you are wondering about what are the symptoms of this disease then you may shocked to know that they are so common as common viral or flu.
The common signs include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties. In more severe cases infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Q. AM I NEED TO BE TESTED?
If you are a traveller and just have visited China, South Korea, Japan and any country which is in danger of this deadly disease then yes, you must go for test. Also if you are having any symptoms of this virus like fever, cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties then you must seriously go for test.
Q. WHAT IS MORE DEADLY- THE CORONAVIRUS OR THE FLU?
It is very difficult to form an adequate assessment of a novel coronavirus that hasn’t had time to settle into human population. As a new disease, it is possible that it may have a higher death rate as few people will have a defense against it.
By recent studies it has been found that approximately 0.50%of people who contract influenza will die from it but for coronavirus the death rate is 3.4 which is approximately too high than common flu. However, there is very little value in such estimates at this stage of the disease’s progression and it is more likely to drop rather than increase, particularly as treatments improve and previously mild, undiagnosed cases are also counted.
Q. HOW TO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CORONAVIRUS AND FLU?
The symptoms of coronavirus are looking a little common to the symptoms of viral or flu and because of this you must read all the symptoms very carefully. The things they have in common are respiratory issues, cough and fever. The symptoms of coronavirus are fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties and in severe cases kidney failure (pneumonia), severe acute respiratory syndrome, and even death. Now, the symptoms of influenza or flu are fever, chills, sore throat, cough, headache, muscle pain. So now you can difference both of them very quickly.
Q. IS THERE A TREATMENT FOR NOVEL CORONAVIRUS?
There is no specific treatment for disease caused by novel coronavirus. However, many of the symptoms can be treated and therefore treatment based on the patients clinical condition. Moreover, supportive care for infected persons can be highly effective.
Q. CAN CORONAVIRUSES BE TRANSMITTED FROM PERSON TO PERSON?
Yes, some coronavirus can be transmitted from person to person, usually after close contact with an infected patient, for example, in a household workplace, or health care Centre.
Q. DOES MASKS HELP?
The answer is a little bit complicated as it depends on who you are like, if you are yourself a victim of coronavirus, then mask will help but if you are not then using mask doesn’t help with anything. This is because if you have coronavirus then you yourself is a carrier of this virus and when you sneeze the virus spreads out with the mini droplets which can be prevented if you use masks, also it can save a lot of people who comes in contact with you from this deadly disease. Also not in just this virus, in general you should wear a mask if you have any kind of flu or virus.
Q. ARE HEALTHWORKERS AT RISK FROM NOVEL CORONAVIRUS?
Yes, they can be, as health care workers come into contact with patients more often than the general public WHO recommends that health care workers consistently apply appropriate measure to be safe.
Q. HOW THIS VIRUS SPREAD?
The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through contact with an infected person through respiratory droplets generated when a person ,for example ,coughs or sneezes, or through droplet s of saliva or discharge from the nose .It is important that everyone hygiene. For example ,sneeze or cough into a flexed elbow ,or use a tissue and throw it in trash immediately .it is also very important for people to wash their hands regularly with either alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
Q. WHILE TRAVELING WHAT SHOULD I DO TO BE SAFE?
First of all you must avoid tour for the countries that are in danger of this virus and if there is a serious need for you to visit then you should keep the these things in mind: first don’t forget 100% alcohol based sanitizers and also use it frequently, secondly try to not to come in contact with a lot of people, we are not saying that you should cut all your lines with the world but still if you want to be safe you have to keep a little distance, thirdly if you have any kind of flu or if you are feeling any of the symptoms like fever ,cough ,shortness of breath ,breathing difficulties then you must cancel all your plans and must visit doctor at your earliest.
Q. HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM CORONAVIRUS?
Now, when you know how to identify coronavirus you must have thinking about how to be safe from this harmful virus. Standard recommendation to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing ,covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing thoroughly cooking meat and eggs . Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
You can also follow these measure to keep you away from coronavirus:
- Wash your hand frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol –based hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty.
- When coughing and sneezing , cover mouth and nose with flexed elbows or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol –based hand rub or soap and water .
- Maintain at least 1 meter or 3 feet distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever.
- Handle raw meat, milk or animals organs with care, to avoid cros- contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.
- As a general precaution, practice general hygiene measures when visiting live animals markets, wet markets or animal products markets.
- If you have mild respiratory symptoms and no travel history to or within China, carefully practice basic respiratory and hand hygiene and stay home until you are recovered, if possible.