What are the symptoms and risk of coronavirus?
Countries around the world are making efforts to counter a new coronavirus occurring in Wuhan city of China. The virus outbreak began in early December of 2019 and continued to spread. Those who were the first to be infected were all connected to the South China Seafood Wholesale Market, which has since closed.
Thousands of cases have been reported by health authorities in China. There are also cases that have been identified in other countries. Mostly spread by people moving out of China, including Chinese people or people returning from China to their respective countries. This virus can spread from one person to another through contact or even by being in proximity to an infected person.
More than 200 countries have reported cases, including Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, Germany, Vietnam, Australia, France, United States, India, UK, etc. and many other countries.
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What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?
It is a large family of viruses collectively known as coronaviruses. Most of the known symptoms of coronavirus only have a mild respiratory disease like the common cold. There are two cases of coronavirus that show large-scale effects on the infected that is Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Coronavirus and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Coronavirus.
Symptoms of Coronavirus
Some of the signs and symptoms are seen in infected people are Fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Also, People with chronic diseases and elderly patients may be more likely to develop serious illnesses as a result of this virus.
Risk of Coronavirus
Those who are living or traveling in the virus-prone area are at higher risk of infection according to the WHO. Currently, the virus is only present in China and infects all non-residents of China who have recently traveled to China and are in contact with infected people who are from China.
According to the WHO, the risk for people who are not living in China is very low unless they come into contact with infected non-resident Chinese people. Apart from this the WHO also states that simple disinfectants can easily dispose of the virus if it is present on the surface. The virus’s survival time on any surface is very short.
Preventive measures from Coronavirus
- Practice frequent hand washing. Always wash your hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer. Wash hands even if they are visibly clean.
- See a doctor if you feel unwell (fever, cough or difficult breathing). While visiting to doctor wear a mask/cloth to cover your mouth and nose.
- Cover your nose and mouth with handkerchief/tissue while sneezing and coughing.
- Throw used tissues into closed bins immediately after use.
- Avoid participating in large gatherings.
Now you can understand all the symptoms and risk of coronavirus. It is less chance of catching a virus if you are non-resident and not in contact with infected people. It is also required to take essential minerals and vitamins and increase your immunity to get protected from the virus. It’s also mandatory to take all preventive measures to stay protected from Coronavirus.