Coronavirus is a trending topic all over the news and social media. The disease first came up to everyone’s attention when an outbreak took place in Wuhan, China. The disease is also known as COVID-19 ‘CO’ stands for corona, ‘VI’ for virus, and ‘D’ for the disease. The COVID-19 virus is a relatively new virus that’s linked to the same family of viruses that Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) belongs to, as well as some varieties of the common cold.
The disease is spreading like wildfire, which makes it essential for us to take extra precautions to keep ourselves secure from it. The governments are doing their best to handle the situation by implementing lockdowns and advising social distancing.
Now, the rest is up to us to follow the instructions. This may be the only measure we can use to stop the spread of the virus and protect ourselves and our loved ones from the disease.
We must be aware of the symptoms that indicate you might have the coronavirus. This is the best way to ensure your safety, as well as social distancing from others, along with seeking medical attention before things get more serious.
Continue reading this post as we’ll discuss the virus in more detail, including its symptoms, and what you can do to prevent yourself from getting it.
How does the virus spread?
Understanding this is essential as once you know how it spreads, you can play your role in preventing it from spreading further. The virus initially spreads when you come into contact with another person carrying it or even an object.
Hugging or shaking hands is the easiest way for the virus to travel from one person to another. Another method through which the disease spreads is by touching a material that is infected. If you then touch your face, you can be infected. However, if you wash your hands properly, then the chances of the disease affecting you decrease.
As we can see on the news, the main reason for the disease spreading so rapidly is all because people weren’t aware of the way it spreads. Other than that, some people didn’t give them importance even when they got this information.
This is why the disease has spread all around the globe infecting near to 200 countries. People everywhere are not engaging in any social activities and are staying at home. This is truly the only way to stop the disease from spreading.
Once the disease is under control, specialists can focus on finding a proper cure for it so that people who are already affected by it are healed more quickly.
Is the virus deadly?
The death rate due to COVID-19 disease differs by location, age of the person infected, and their underlying health condition.
Scientists aren’t sure how fatal the virus is because the number of people infected is still uncertain. However, they have estimated that COVID-19 is more critical for elderly patients and those who have specific health issues.
The rate of dying from the disease is dependent on the severity of the case. Studies seem to show that the younger generation is in a safer position than the elderly and can quickly recover. However, if the infection is too strong, then serious medical attention might be needed.
The population that is above 60 years of age is more prone to catching the disease, and it is quite difficult for them to overcome the virus. However, there is proof that the coronavirus can infect people of all ages. Older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions such as those with asthma, diabetes, and heart diseases, are more likely to become severely ill.
You need to identify the symptoms before the virus takes full control. Once you see the signs within yourself or someone, you know it’s time to seek medical attention.
According to the WHO, the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and a dry cough. There is a chance some patients might also have a runny nose, sore throat, nasal congestion, and pain in the body or diarrhea. Some people have reported losing their sense of taste too.
We’ll discuss the symptoms in more detail for a better understanding of the Coronavirus moving forward.
Usually, when we have a fever, we don’t worry about it that much. We’ve been taught how to deal with fever since the early stages of our lives. However, now when you have a fever, it might be a little scary as it is a symptom of the Coronavirus.
There’s no need to panic, and you should take the necessary steps you usually did to cure it. In case of high fever, contact your doctor or an emergency facility for guidance regarding your situation. They will surely assist you accordingly. The most important thing that you need to do is stay away from others and prevent it from spreading
Your immune system might be stronger than your siblings’ or parents. To keep them safe, you must keep a distance of at least 3 feet so that the virus doesn’t affect them.
This is another infection that we all know how to handle. Taking the right supplements to treat your throat and drinking lukewarm water helps in healing the throat ache. However, since it’s a symptom, it carries a lot of pressure on the individual’s shoulders.
Again, you needn’t worry. All you have to do is ensure nobody uses the same glass you used for drinking, and that if you cough, make sure you cover your mouth. It’s is essential that you do whatever it takes to ensure your germs don’t get to anyone else.
Feeling tired more than usual? Yes, this is also a symptom of the Coronavirus, and you should take it seriously.
This is a symptom some people don’t realize or pay attention to as they generally think they are just tired. However, since you’re at home doing nothing, there’s no need for you to be exhausted unless you’re working out or doing something that requires physical or mental energy.
This can cause you to sneeze more than usual, and you must keep a tissue on you at all times. The reason for this is bacteria can travel outside your body with the particles that you sneeze out.
If you don’t cover your nose properly, you’ll be spreading the bacteria all around you. This will make the people around you vulnerable to the disease.
You might face an unusual amount of pain in your body. If you know it’s not due to an old injury, you must realize that it is a symptom. Start taking meds to relieve yourself from the pain and keep your body temperature in check.
Taking these steps seriously will help your pain go away and stop whatever bacteria has built up in you.
Problem in breathing
This symptom is the most serious one. Having issues while breathing or heavy breathing from a simple activity is a huge sign of the Coronavirus. In this case, you must consult with a doctor for advice.
If not given attention, your breathing problem will grow, which will result in dry and more intense coughs. The bacteria will settle in your lungs, which will make it even harder for your lungs to recover.
If you’re a smoker, now is the right time to consider quitting as people with weaker functioning lungs are more prone to the infection of Coronavirus.
As we have mentioned, the symptoms above are for your understanding and knowledge. It’s your responsibility to keep yourself and others around you safe. There’s no need to rush to a hospital if these symptoms develop.
Make sure you keep yourself clean, wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face and keep a reasonable distance from someone who shows any of these symptoms mentioned above.
Social distancing and self-care are the only way to stop the virus from spreading.