Whats Is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an infection caused by a newly identified type of coronavirus called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). For many years, there has been a family of coronaviruses that exists but now, the virus which is causing COVID-19 is a new virus with which the world is right now battling. Coronavirus outbreak, which began from Wuhan, China, was declared a global PANDEMIC by the World Health Organization (WHO) and almost more than 197 countries have been affected by this virus.

Coronavirus can cause an infection in your nose, sinuses, or upper throat and can also cause a high fever. Coronavirus usually spreads in the same way other cold-causing viruses do; through the coughing and sneezing of infected people, touching an infected person’s hands or face, or by touching things infected people have touched.

Since the current coronavirus is a novel coronavirus that is still being investigated and researched. WHO, doctors, scientists and researchers all around the globe are working to the best of their abilities to understand this virus and on how to counter it. The best way to keep yourself safe from this virus is PREVENTION!

In the times of Coronavirus, you don't have to panic but take precautionary measures. Coronavirus has a death rate of around 2% whereas the rest of all the 98% cases recover completely. The elderly people are at more risk or those who have pre-existing health ailments and thus they need to be more careful. Social distancing is the most important thing that you can do at this time for yourself and for others. You can save lives by staying at home.

What causes coronaviruses?

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Coronaviruses are zoonotic. This means they first develop in animals before developing in humans. For the virus to pass from animal to humans, a person has to come into close contact with an animal that carries the infection.

Once the virus develops in people, coronaviruses can be spread from person to person through respiratory droplets. This is a technical name for the wet stuff that moves through the air when you cough or sneeze. The viral material hangs out in these droplets and can be breathed into the respiratory tract (your windpipe and lungs), where the virus can then lead to an infection. The 2019 coronavirus hasn’t been definitively linked to a specific animal.

Researchers believe that the virus may have been passed from bats to another animal — either snakes or pangolins — and then transmitted to humans. This transmission likely occurred in the open food market in Wuhan, China.

Who’s at increased risk?

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You’re at high risk for contracting SARS-CoV-2 if you come into contact with someone who’s carrying it, especially if you’ve been exposed to their saliva or been near them when they’ve coughed or sneezed.

Older people and people with certain health conditions have a higher risk for severe complications if they contract the virus. These health conditions include: lung conditions, such as asthma, certain heart conditions, immune system conditions, such as HIV, cancer that requires treatment, severe obesity and other health conditions, if not well-controlled, such as diabetes, kidney disease, or liver disease

How are coronaviruses diagnosed?

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COVID-19 can be diagnosed similarly to other conditions caused by viral infections: using a blood, saliva, or tissue sample. However, most tests use a cotton swab to retrieve a sample from the inside of your nostrils.

What treatments are available?

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There’s currently no treatment specifically approved for COVID-19, and no cure for an infection, although treatments and vaccines are currently under study. Instead, treatment focuses on managing symptoms as the virus runs its course.

How to prevent coronaviruses

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The best way to prevent the spread of infection is to avoid or limit contact with people who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or any respiratory infection. The next best thing you can do is practice good hygiene and social distancing to prevent bacteria and viruses from spreading.

Outlook

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First and foremost, don’t panic. You don’t need to wear a mask or be quarantined unless you suspect you have contracted the virus or have a confirmed test result. Following simple handwashing and social distancing guidelines may help protect you from being exposed to the virus.

The 2019 coronavirus probably seems scary when you read the news about new deaths, quarantines, and travel bans. Stay calm and follow your doctor’s instructions if you’re diagnosed with COVID-19 so you can recover and help prevent it from spreading.

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