We all had the experience of getting that super-annoying cold and cough. Fever, running nose, cough, sneezing, headache, breathlessness- these are the symptoms of common influenza- as well as the new mysterious Coronavirus. So, which do you have? It does depend on how do you answer the given below questions?
Have you recently been there in Hubei Province China? Have you come in contact with people who are suffering from Coronavirus?
If answers to these questions are “NO”, you might have only infected with a common nasty cold, which is in most cases, subsides within a week time. In other circumstances, if your answers to the above questions are “YES”, then it is probably the time to get immediate medical attention because you might have infected with Coronavirus.
Let’s know more about the origin, symptoms, prevention, and alarming spread of this infamous, nocuous virus so that you could save yourself, family and friends from it.
Alarming Spread of Coronavirus
Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but can’t resist telling you all that the recent coronavirus epidemic, discovered in mid-December last year, has pressed the panic button all around the world. The deadly pneumonia-like illness has taken more than 200 lives and infected more than 6000 people in Whuan city, China alone. The death toll is going up due to an outbreak of the deadly virus.
The situation is getting more severe and complicated, mainly because there is no vaccine and specific medication discovered to cure it till now. The acute coronavirus, commonly known as 2019-nCoV, is slowly spreading in other parts of the world.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated the outbreak as global health emergency of international concern and issued advisory for all to avoid travelling to China, particularly to Wuhan city and foreigners are asked to leave to the country possibly.
What is the Origin Coronavirus?
The new Coronavirus is a member of the Coronavirus family. Like other Coronavirus, this virus has come from animals like camel, cattle, bats, and seafood. A white bat, an animal, sold at a seafood market is considered to be the source of this viral epidemic.
How did Coronavirus Transmit?
The contagious virus causes respiratory infection and has shown evidence of human-to-human transmission, rather than germs entered inside the body through the air or other means. The disease has spread just like influenza, and other respiratory pathogens, mainly via respiratory droplets, produces when an infected person coughs or sneezes. All types of coronaviruses are not dangerous. However, the novel Coronavirus causes acute respiratory syndromes (MERS-CoV and SARS- CoV) that can lead to severe respiratory inefficiency.
What are the Symptoms of Coronavirus?
Corona is not flu, but the infected patient shows frequent flu-like symptoms. The patient may show signs of infection, like fever, cold, breathing difficulty etc. In most severe cases, it can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, renal system failure. However, not all types of coronaviruses are dangerous. The novel Coronavirus causes acute respiratory syndromes (MERS-CoV and SARS- CoV and these can lead to severe respiratory inefficiency. Elderly, young, and people with the weak immune system have high chances of developing lower to acute respiratory tract diseases.
How to Prevent and Cure?
As the contagious disease is spreading like wildfire and no specific medicine is available for the treatment of it, maintaining basic hygiene is the first step to save you from the grip of this lethal virus. For now, follow these pieces of advice:
-Wash your hands with soap multiple times or use a hand sanitizer that contains alcohol, during the day.
- Cover your mouth while sneezing or coughing
- Refrain from meeting from people who are sick, particularly those who have shown symptoms of viral fever
- Don’t touch your face with unwashed hand
- Avoid travelling, stay at home, and take plenty of rest and fluid.
- Eschew large public gathering.
- Get a flu shot, if you haven’t
- Last but not least, wear a face mask.
Can Face Mask Save You from Viral Infection?
Studies have shown that surgical mask can be used to prevent common cold and cough. When viral infections are quite common around the world, a high-quality N95 facemask can protect your lungs from pollution, virus and other airborne illness. One should put on a facemask while going out, meeting with other people. Wash your hand immediately after removing your mask, gloves, and gown.
How to Chose a Facemask?
If you wish to wear a facemask, make sure you got the right fit. These masks are meant to block liquid droplets and might restrict the particles and other viral infection entering through nose and mouth.
Here is the list of few face masks that can provide you with total protection.
Venus V 44++- Pack of 50, Yellow Respirator Dusk Mask
If you are travelling or in town, it would be a good idea to buy Venus Safety V 44++ - pack of 50, Yellow Respirator, anti-pollution Dust Mask, at reasonable price from Shakedeal. These lightweight masks are made of latex-free braided textile material with the filter nose clip. The exhalation valve enables the wearer comfort in severe working conditions.
3M 9010 N95- Anti Pollution Mask
This mask is particularly effective against non-oil-based contaminants and can be used at both home and the workplace. It is also effective against the H1N1 swine flu virus.
3M 8210 N95- Anti Pollution Mask, Pack of 20 Piece
This classic disposable N95 particulate respirator is designed to help provide comfortable, reliable respiratory protection against individual non-oil based particles and respiratory droplets.