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6 Very Important Things To Know About The Coronavirus

6 Very Important Things To Know About The Coronavirus

Coronavirus COVID-19 has infected over 400,000 people at the time of this recording.

It is a respiratory illness with symptoms ranging from flu to pneumonia.

In today’s article, we will talk about what happens when you get Coronavirus.

What is it?
How does it spread?
What are its symptoms?
Could a sore throat be a symptom too?

1. What is the Corona Virus? How does it spread?

Coronavirus belongs to a family of viruses that affect the respiratory tract.This illness is especially marked by varying symptoms, from mild to severe.

For some, it will be like a common cold.For others, it can cause serious complications like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

This virus spreads from person to person when an infected patient comes in contact with others.

When they sneeze or cough, droplets spread into the air.These droplets can also settle on surfaces like doorknobs and railings.

Upon touching these infected surfaces, a healthy person is exposed to Coronavirus.

Touching your mouth or face with hands that touched these infected surfaces, transfers the virus into your body.

2. What happens when it enters your body?

When you touch your face with infected hands, the coronavirus enters through the throat.It sits there, infecting the upper respiratory tract.

Experts believe this is where the virus multiplies.In 80-85% of the cases, the symptoms are mild.

We’re talking about sore throat, cough, and fatigue.Your body’s immune system will begin reacting to the virus.

You may get a high temperature.

This is it’s way of creating a hostile environment for the virus in order to fight it off.The virus may then enter the lungs and infect them, causing pneumonia.

CAT scans of some patients have shown shadowy spots on the lungs.In some cases, pneumonia caused by the coronavirus can be fatal.

The varying levels of severity make this illness dangerous, as it can cause multi-organ failure.

3. The Most Common Symptoms

Experts studied 138 patients infected by the coronavirus in Wuhan.The most common symptoms were fatigue, dry cough, and fever.

A 3rd of the patients complained of muscle pain and difficulty in breathing, while 10% experienced diarrhea and nausea.

4. Timeline

As per a medical study that examined the first person in the US infected with the virus,the first symptoms were fever and dry cough.

By the 3rd day, the patient developed nausea and vomiting, followed by abdominal discomfort and diarrhea on the 6th day.

By the 9th day, the patient had developed pneumonia and difficulty breathing.

On the 12th day, things began improving and the fever subsided.

By the 14th day, the patient had recovered with no symptoms except mild cough.

5. Who is at risk?

Based on the reports coming out of China, where coronavirus first started, older adults and people with chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease are at higher risk of the disease.

6. Prevention

If you’re at higher risk of getting Coronavirus, avoid non-essential travel and crowds as much as possible.

When in public, keep a safe distance from those around you. If there is an outbreak in your community, stay indoors to reduce the risk of exposure.

That is if it’s possible.Stay safe by practicing these general precautions:

-         -  Clean your hands often
-         -  If you have been in a public place, wash your hand with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
-         -  If you do not have soap and water, use hand sanitizer that contains a minimum of 60% alcohol.

-         -  Avoid touching surfaces like railings and elevator doors.

-         -  Do not touch your eyes, face, nose, or mouth when in public.

           -  Avoid close contact with people, such as handshaking.

-         -  Disinfect your home to clean surfaces like electric switches, tables, faucets, and cell phones.

-         -  Avoid crowded spaces, especially where there is poor ventilation.

7.  Emergency warning signs

Seek immediate medical help if you experience:

-         Shortness of breath Pressure or pain in the chest

-         Confusion The inability to get out of bed

-         Bluish face or lips

Remember, these symptoms are a warning sign.

If you think you have the virus, call your local hospital before coming.

This way they can take the proper precautions to prepare for your arrival.

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