As of Tuesday, the updates bring mainland China’s total coronavirus (COVID-19) cases to 77,658 and 2,663 deaths. The ongoing increase comes even as China takes strong measures to contain the spread of the disease in the mainland.
What is a coronavirus?
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
Experts around the globe still do not have a clear picture of the severity of the novel coronavirus.
What are the symptoms?
Experts are learning new things about the novel coronavirus every day. Some common symptoms that have been linked to the novel virus are fever, cough, and shortness of breath or breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and/or even death.
When to seek help?
If you’re coughing, have difficulty breathing or develop a fever and have travelled to China recently or spent time with someone with the virus, call your doctor. Seek for medical assistance.
Prevention from Coronavirus
There is no special vaccine available to prevent COVID-19 so far. The best way to prevent the virus from reaching you is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
Take preventative measures daily, avoid close contact with people who are sick, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your mouth while coughing or sneezing with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Coronavirus vs SARSCoronavirus is not in the news for the first time – the deadly 2003 SARS outbreak was also caused by a coronavirus. As with the 2019 virus, the SARS virus was first found in animals before it spread to humans.
The SARS virus is believed to come from the bats and then was transferred to another animal, and then to humans. Once transmitted to humans, the SARS virus began spreading quickly among people. What makes coronavirus so prominent is that any treatment or cure hasn’t yet been developed to help prevent its rapid spread from person to person, globally. As for SARS, it has been successfully contained and treated.