Here’s what you need to know about this new virus
1. What is coronavirus?
It’s a group of contagious viruses that cause respiratory infections such as the common cold and potentially more severe diseases.
2. What is the new virus from China?
A newly identified virus called ‘2019-nCoV’ has been spreading in China and has now reached other countries as well. The 2019 novel coronavirus is informally known as the Wuhan coronavirus.
3. Where did the new virus come from?
The virus is thought to have a zoonotic origin, i.e. one that originates from animals and is transmitted to people. The first case of coronavirus was noticed in Wuhan, China where affected people had visited a local seafood and animal market. It is believed that the virus may have originated in the animal kingdom and later transmitted to humans.
4. What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Symptoms of virus are typically mild to moderate. According to the CDC, coronavirus symptoms include:
- Respiratory Infections
- Shortness of breath and breathing difficulties
- Pneumonia, acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and sometimes death (in more severe cases).
It may take 2 to 14 days to notice symptoms in a person after infection.
5. What is the treatment for coronavirus?
Unfortunately, there are no specific vaccines or treatments available for coronavirus. So, mainly, coronavirus treatment includes prevention of the disease and taking care of yourself. According to the CDC, most people with mild coronavirus infections recover on their own. Some effective remedies are proper rest and OTC (Over-the-counter) medications to relieve the symptoms.
6. How do you prevent coronavirus?
Prevention is better than cure, specifically for contagious diseases. As always suggested by healthcare professionals, everyday preventive actions can help in preventing the spread of respiratory viruses.
Here are the below Coronavirus prevention steps:
- Make handwashing a habit. Wash your hands as often as possible especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing or sneezing.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when washing hands is not possible.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Don’t come into close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay at home when you are sick and take complete rest.
- Cover your mouth while coughing or sneezing.
- Dispose of your used tissues and towels properly.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like your smartphone.
- Avoid unprotected contact with live or dead animals.
7. How contagious is the virus?
Coronavirus appears to be more contagious than the seasonal flu or a cold. The mutating ability of the coronavirus is what makes it so contagious. Each infected person can pass on the virus to between two and three people.