Monday, March 9, 2020

Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Facts

What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus are a large family of diseases which can effect both humans and animals. There are actually several types of Coronaviruses known to cause respiratory illnesses. The most recent one that began in Wuhan, China. Is a Coronovirus knows as Coronovirus Disease 2019, know as COVID-19.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is the most recently discovered Coronavirus. This infectious disease was unknown before its recent discovery in Wuhan China, during the month of December 2019.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

People with the above symptoms must immediately seek medical attention. Difficulty in breathing, aches and pains, runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat and diarrhea, need to seek immediate medical attention. The symptoms might begin gradually and then develop into a full-scale-outburst. Most patients recovery fully without needing special treatment. Older people and others with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop a serial illness.

How does COVID-19 spread?

The disease can spread through small droplets from an infected person's nose or mouth, which can happen when a person coughs or exhales. When these droplets land or a surface or objects, and in turn are touched by another person, who then proceeds to touch either their eyes, nose or mouth - this leads to the spread of the disease. The disease can also spread when a person breaths in these droplets from an infected person. That's what it's advisable to stay at least 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who's infected.

Are people of Asian origin more prone to catching the disease?

The answer is NO - anyone coming in contact with the disease is vulnerable. COVID-19 can affect people of any race.

How do I protect myself and others from catching the Coronavirus?

Wash Hands frequently - use water, soap or a hand sanitizer (wash for at least 20 seconds.) Frequent washing will help remove the virus from your hands, which it otherwise might find a way of entering the body through the eyes, nose or mouth, through frequent touching or rubbing.

Avoid touching or rubbing your face - the entry point for the virus is through the eyes, nose and mouth.

If you need to cough or sneeze use a tissue and discard the same after use.

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