The biggest challenge with coronavirus (covid 19) is that people have little knowledge about the infection. They need to know how it spreads, how to check it and what are the preventive measures and treatment options.
Defeat coronavirus with awareness
There is much panic about this virus and infection. People are afraid of losing their lives due to infection. But the truth is that you can remain safe from coronavirus by taking the following measures.
- Wash hands frequently with soap
- Use hand sanitizer
- Don’t reuse tissue papers
- Always cover your mouth with tissue when coughing and sneezing
- Use hands to cover your mouth while coughing if you don’t have tissues
- Don’t sneak in front of the mouth nor cough
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth without washing hands
- Avoid contact with the sick
- Maintain safe distance from people and avoid shaking hands
- See doctor immediately for high fever and cough
Coronavirus has spread to 70 countries and infected almost 1 million people. WHO has declared coronavirus a global health emergency after the death of 3,000 people.
What is a coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals. In rare cases, they are what scientists call zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The viruses can make people sick, usually with a mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness, similar to a common cold. Coronavirus symptoms include a runny nose, cough, sore throat, possibly a headache and maybe a fever, which can last for a couple of days.
For those with a weakened immune system, the elderly and the very young, there’s a chance the virus could cause a lower, and much more serious, respiratory tract illness like a pneumonia or bronchitis.
There are a handful of human coronaviruses that are known to be deadly.
Middle East respiratory syndrome, also known as the MERS virus, was first reported in the Middle East in 2012 and also causes respiratory problems, but those symptoms are much more severe. Three to four out of every 10 patients infected with MERS died, according to the CDC.
Severe acute respiratory syndrome, also known as SARS, is the other coronavirus that can cause more severe symptoms. First identified in the Guangdong province in southern China, according to the WHO, it causes respiratory problems but can also cause diarrhea, fatigue, shortness of breath, respiratory distress and kidney failure. Depending on the patient’s age, the death rate with SARS ranged from 0-50% of the cases, with older people being the most vulnerable.
The Wuhan coronavirus is currently thought to be more mild than SARS and MERS and takes longer to develop symptoms. Patients to date have typically experienced a mild cough for a week followed by shortness of breath, causing them to visit the hospital, explains Peter Horby, professor of emerging infectious diseases and global health at the University of Oxford. So far, around 15% to 20% of cases have become severe, requiring, for example, ventilation in the hospital.
Aware people about coronavirus
It is the responsibility of the media to spread awareness about coronavirus. It is only with knowledge and education that we can fight with this virus. If you take all necessary measures then you will never get infected with the coronavirus.