Coronavirus: All you need to know about Coronavirus

What is really this Covid-19?

This is caused by a member of the coronavirus group that has never been faced previously. Like other coronaviruses, it came from animals. WHO has stated it a virus.

How does the symptoms look like?

The virus can cause pneumonia-like signs. Those who have fallen ill are stated to suffer coughs, fever and difficulties in breathing. As this is viral pneumonia, antibiotics are of no use in this case. The antiviral painkillers we have against flu can not work, and there is currently no vaccine. Rescue rest on the strength of the immune system.
In the UK,(NHS) has recognized the symptoms as undergoing either:
  • a high temperature - you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a continuous cough - this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly.

Must I go to the doctor if I start experiencing temperature or a cough?

No. In the UK, the National health Service (NHS) instruction is that anyone with symptoms should stay at home for at least seven (7) days. If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least fourteen (14) days, to dodge the distribution of the infection to others outside the home. This applies to everyone, irrespective of whether they have travelled abroad or not.
In the UK, you should look on the dedicated coronavirus NHS 111 website for  more information. If you get worse or your symptoms last longer than the days mentioned above, then you should call NHS 111. People will no longer be tested for the virus except they are in the hospital.
Many countries have enforced travel bans and lockdown conditions in order to try and break the spread of the virus. You should check with your local authorities for the latest advice on seeking medical support.

About how many people have been affected with this virus?

China’s national health commission confirmed human-to-human transmission in January. As of 19 March, more than 219,000 people have been infected in more than 150 countries, according to the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering.
There have been over 8,900 deaths recorded globally. Just over 3,200 of those deaths have befallen mainland china. Many of those who have died had underlying health circumstances, which the virus then complicated.
About 84,000 people have been noted as having recovered from the coronavirus.

Why is this worse than normal virus, and how concerned are the specialists?

Well, actually we don’t know yet how dangerous the new virus is, and we won’t know until more data comes in, but approximations of the death rate have ranged from well below 1 percent (%) in the young to over 3 percent (%) among those who are elderly or have underlying health conditions. Seasonal flu typically has a mortality rate below 1 percent (%) and is assumed to cause about 400,000 deaths each year globally, Sars had a death rate of more than 10%.
Another key unidentified is how transmissible the COVID-19 is. A crucial difference is that unlike flu, there is no vaccine for the new COVID-19, which means it is more challenging for exposed members of the population – elderly people or those with existing respiratory or immune difficulties – to protect themselves. Hand-washing and avoiding other people if you feel unwell are vital.

Have there been other coronaviruses?

(Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers) are both caused by coronaviruses which came from animals. In the year 2002, Sars spread virtually unrestricted to 37 countries, causing worldwide panic, infecting more than 8,000 people and killing more than 750. Mers seems to be less easily passed from human to human, but it has greater lethality, killing 35% of almost 2,500 people who have been infected with the disease.

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