While the 2019 Novel Corona Virus has created havoc worldwide, there has been a lot of misunderstanding and questions in the mind of people about what is the latest viral scare that has drawn much international attention.
The authorities are investigating the reason behind the outbreak of the coronavirus, still, it’s unclear exactly what has led to the spread.
Let’s try to address questions that may help you understand about the virus and the condition better
What is 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?
Coronavirus is from the group of viruses that attacks the respiratory system of the person and the symptoms can range from the common cold and flu-like symptoms to pneumonia-like disease. The 2019-nCoV is a new strain and was not yet identified by humans. The previously known strains of coronavirus have caused conditions like SARS- Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and MERS- Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome both were known to be spread by animals. The recent outbreak started from China, in the city of Wuhan where people visited the Huanan seafood market. The infection is turning more serious and fatal as it leading to the failure of the respiratory systems as well as affecting other systems like kidney failure.
How does the virus spread?
As the strains were not yet known, it’s been observed that the spread happens from person to person through droplet infection. Like any flue spreads, the infected person when coughs and sneeze the virus spreads in the air and lands in the mouth or nose of another person and can cause the infection.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms range from fever, cough, cold and difficult breathing. The recent investigations show that the symptoms develop within 2 days to 14 days from the exposure. The serious condition line respiratory failure and pneumonia later complicates the scenario leading to death.
What precaution to take?
There is no vaccine yet discovered for the 2019-nCoV, while the precautions can be taken by everyone to make sure they can stay away from the infection
- Foremost, try to stay indoors as much as possible
- Don’t leave the house without a mask
- Wash hands as soon as you reach home and then wash the face as well.
- Don’t touch the eyes, nose or put finger the mouth without washing the hands or while outside
- Try to clean and disinfect the object that frequently comes in contact
Are you planning to travel?
While every day the cases of the novel 2019 coronavirus are being reported globally and if you are planning to travel then it is advised to cancel such plans if possible. The spread is through human contact and travel gives a lot of instances where you will be going to places where the possibility of contamination is high, and the probability can’t be contained. Taking necessary precautions is a must as presently 25 countries have reported positive cases of the novel coronavirus.
The researchers and authorities are working day and night to figure out a way to curb the spread of the disease. The condition has presently taken many lives and is spreading at a very high rate. Such times call for more understanding than panic. One needs to be aware and make other people aware of the condition. Any single symptom of cough and cols should not be ignored and reported immediately to the healthcare facility nearby to get checked and seek medical attention.