Coronavirus has become the topic everyone is talking about today; however, people are aware of how to keep it at bay.
The only terrifying aspect about this virus is basically its novelty – people were never exposed to it and never had to deal with such a virus before; hence, all the fuss and terror.
So, let’s get straight into it!
What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is the name of the family of viruses causing illnesses such as Common Cold, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, and Acute Respiratory Syndrome which is basically what we’re dealing with at the moment.
(COVID-19) stands for Coronavirus Disease 2019 is a new type of Acute Respiratory Syndrome. Not much is known about this virus yet due to its novelty; however, groups such as The World Health Organization are continuously investigating.
Coronavirus symptoms are mild to severe, very similar to heavy flu symptoms, and take from 2 to 14 days to appear once one is exposed to the virus. Its symptoms are not stable which means that it can show up in different forms.
The symptoms can very much look like either the ones one gets with Influenza, Enteritis, or Pneumonia.
Here are the symptoms of each one of the diseases Coronavirus might look like:
Pneumonia is basically an infection in one or both lungs resulting in the following symptoms:
- Sweating or Chills
- Shortness of breath without effort exertion
- Chest Pain
- Feelings of Tiredness or Fatigue
- Loss of Appetite
Enteritis is the inflammation of the small intestine. This disease shows up in different forms and can be induced from the following:
- Viral or Bacterial Infection
- Alcohol or/and Drugs
- Poor Blood Flow
- Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis
The symptoms of Enteritis
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Loss of Appetite
- Abdominal Cramps and Pain
Influenza or Flu is a viral infection attacking the Lungs, Nose, and Throat.
Anyone can easily get the flu; however, those at higher risk are children under age of 5 years old, adults above 65 years old, and anyone how has a weakened Immune System or Chronic Disease such as:
- Heart Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Diabetes Type 1 and 2
The symptoms of Influenza (Flu)
- Achy Muscles
- Body Chills
- Dry Cough
- Nasal Congestion
Who Can Get Coronavirus?
As above mentioned, (COVID-19) comes from the same family as the Regular Flu family; hence, whoever can get the Flu will probably be a good prospect for Coronavirus Disease 2019 as well.
Those who should be more careful about getting contaminated by Coronavirus Disease are:
- Kids aging under 2 years old
- Adults aging 65 years old and above
- Women who are pregnant or have recently given birth
- Teenagers aging 18 years old and below – who are taking Aspirin
- People with Weak Immune Systems
- People With a chronic disease such as Diabetes, Asthma, HIV, Heart Disease
Coronavirus Disease Prevention
They still haven’t figured out how contagious this virus can be; however, research says it spreads from person to person, and may also spread through respiratory droplets when someone infected coughs or sneezes.
To protect yourself and the ones around you, WHO advises the following instructions.
- Wash hands with water and soap regularly
- Use alcohol or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Cover nose and mouth with elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth when hands aren’t clean
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick
- Stay home from school, work, and public places when sick
- Often clean frequently touched surfaces
- Avoid eating raw or undercooked meat or animal organs
- When in crowded public spaces avoid contact with animals and/or any surfaces the animals may have touched
Pro-Tip: Wearing a facemask is recommended only if advised by the Doctor.