Coronavirus is a virus that’s living amongst us. A devastating epidemic that has turned out to be a deadly killer is now lurking around us, amongst us or even within us. Identified for the first time as a killer virus among humans, this disease was initially identified to be transmitted from civet cats to humans.
Coronavirus is a family of other viruses such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). According to a recent WHO report, it is said that the virus has been transmitted from animals to humans. This means that corona SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels. The worst part is that a cure hasn’t been figured out yet.
The reason why coronavirus was given such a name is that when viewed under a microscope, the virus appeared in the shape of a crown. Literally, corona means crown and that’s how researchers decided to name it coronavirus.
Signs that You Have the Virus
Here are some symptoms of coronavirus you need to watch out for.
- Fever & cough
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe acute respiratory syndrome
- Kidney failure
NOTE: Do not avoid the above-related symptoms as it could be a sign of the virus. Visit a nearby hospital immediately and get yourself tested.
According to The New York Times, the total number of affected people are on the rise while a cure is still in the process of being figured out. Here is what you need to know.
- Worldwide Deaths:
Currently, there have been 99,442 cases identified worldwide causing 3,387 deaths while the remaining 55,661 are in the process of being treated.
- Coronavirus in India:
There have been a total of 31 cases being affected by this virus while this number is on the rise.
- Cases Recorded Worldwide:
The highest number of reported cases in China accounting to 80,555 cases followed by South Korea (6,284 deaths) and Italy (3,858 deaths).
- Antarctica to be the safest place on earth:
The virus has spread to almost every continent of the world except Antarctica.
- Cure To Be Found:
Israel announces a cure for coronavirus. The medicines will be prepared in about 10 weeks followed by 90-day testing to ensure it does work on humans.
How is it Detected?
CT scans have been used to speed up the diagnosis of people suffering from coronavirus. Moreover, the chest region will be scanned since the virus is associated with respiratory illnesses. This scan will be done constantly to track the development of the disease in the lungs for a week and a half. In rare cases, the virus cannot be detected and can be a potential danger worldwide.
When to Consult a Doctor?
Well, there are two things you need to keep in mind before consulting a doctor. One is identifying symptoms and the other is travel-based symptoms. Here is what you need to know about travel-based symptoms.
If you have travelled to the following countries anytime between 31st December 2019 to present, then make it a point to consult a doctor at the earliest.
- Hong Kong
- Macau; and
- South Korea
NOTE: Also, if you have been suffering from respiratory illness and shortness of breath for the last 4 weeks, then immediately consult a doctor.
How to Stay Safe?
Prevention is the key at a point where there isn’t a cure yet to be found. Researchers all over the world have been extensively studying the disease and yet have they figured out the actual cause nor the cure to such a devastating disease. Here are some simple ways you can take to prevent yourself from this deadly virus.
- Wash your hands with soap and hand sanitizer after riding, eating, or travelling.
- Cover your mouth and nose before sneezing
- Do not constantly touch your mouth, eyes and nose
- Avoid contact with a sick person with respiratory illness
- Do not share the same dishes, bedding or any other household items if you are sick.
- Clean the floor of the house
- Stay home if you are sick
- Use a surgical face mask
- Do not eat animal organs and uncooked meat.
- Avoid contact with animals
Remember, a cure is still being figured out for a deadly virus that’s living amongst us. The best preventive measure to be taken is by following hygienic ways such as hand wash, wearing a pollution mask when travelling and not touching your face, nose or eyes. Here are some frequently asked questions that will give you an insight into this deadly killing disease.
1. Can coronavirus lead to death?
Yes, it does result in the death of a person suffering from it since the vaccine to cure it has not been figured out. It results in lung damage, kidney damage, stomach damage and blood pollution that can lead to death.
2. Is there any cure for the novel Wuhan Coronavirus?
No, there is no cure yet to be discovered, however, researchers have been constantly working on it since the outbreak.
3. Who discovered the Coronavirus?
Li Wenliang from China was the 1st to spread rumours about the coronavirus outbreak that 1 month prior to its occurrence. He passed away after being sent into an intensive care unit (ICU). He is currently hailed as a national hero by the Chinese.
4. How long will the coronavirus last?
This will last until we figure out a cause. Until then there have been extensive studies that aim to know its very emergence that will give scientists an in-depth understanding of how to treat it.
Preventive steps are the way to keep yourself safe from this virus. Take a close look at the above-listed preventive things to stay safe from this deadly killer. Also, use surgical or pollution masks when travelling and stay away from sick people. Stay safe, live healthy.