Soon after identifying the first case of novel coronavirus in China, the deadly virus is spreading rapidly around the world. People are getting panicked as the vaccine for the virus is yet to be invented. However, awareness is always a great thing to keep yourself free from this danger. Here at Get Review Today, we have made an effort to explore the symptoms of novel coronavirus and shared a bunch of ways to protect you from the virus.
What is Coronavirus
Coronavirus is a zoonose, meaning they are capable of infecting a particular animal and can spread from one animal to another. The virus is extremely contagious and is a common cause of colds and other respiratory infections. The virus can easily infect a human if the virus goes under a certain mutation. According to an article by the New York Times, 1300 infected people are found in the city of Wuhan,China and among them 40 are dead by this writing.
The World Health Organization (WHO) was reported by the Chinese Health Authorities about a group of people who were infected in viral pneumonia, in late December 2019, were related to seafood. Though there is no conception about the treatment of this virus, it is clear that this virus is being spread from person to person.
The symptoms of 2019-nCoV includes:
- Light to heavy cough.
- Possible high fever.
- Shortness of breath.
- Early Respiratory syndrome ( Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea)
Generally most people recover within a few days. But the young and elder people who have weaker immune systems may develop more serious infections like bronchitis or pneumonia.
How to Prevent Novel Coronavirus
So far, no vaccine has been discovered to prevent this virus (2019-nCoV). The scientists are still working hard to understand the virus properly. The Chinese Health Authorities have revealed the genome of this virus to an international database. Till now no approved antivirals have been invented, so the treatment is a supportive issue.
So here are 7 tips you should follow to prevent this deadly coronavirus.
7 Tips You Should Follow to Prevent Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Avoid close contact with other people who are infected with coronavirus, such as kissing, hugging, or shaking hands. Move yourself away from infected people before sneezing or coughing. For the sake of being healthy, move your placement from the infected people until he or she is not totally recovered. Cover your nose and mouth on your upper sleeve or in a tissue paper during sneezing or coughing and throw it into a trash afterwards to prevent the germs from spreading.
2. Protect your eyes, nose, and mouth
The germs get inside the person with saliva, mucus, tears or breath. If you are outside of your home and you have spent a busy day it is possible to have a body full of germs. Take a bath every time you come home from work or after passing a long period of time outside. Don’t forget to cover your nose and mouth with CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommended face masks or you can also go with the ordinary neno masks or surgical masks when you go outside. It will help prevent the germs from entering inside your body. Also try to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from dust which is a common source of germs.
3. Wash your hands multiple times
Germs are normally spread when a person touches something contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes or nose or mouth. So it is a pretty sure fact that you are going to be infected by your hands full of germs. So, wash your hands multiple times with alcohol based rub or soap and water throughout the day. It will help you prevent the infection by the germs that you carried with your hands. Also avoid touching your eyes with your unwashed hands. For this, you can follow CDC’s Handwashing website.
4. Stay home when you are sick
Common colds and flu are very contagious. There are huge amounts of cases of upper respiratory infections every single year. And most oftenly cold is the biggest reason for the absence of childrens in their school and adults in their work. So, possibly there is a question running into your mind that when you are going back to your every routine. Most of the experts agree with the same statement that you should stay at home as long as you have severe symptoms like cough, vomiting, fever or fatigue. And the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends to stay at home at least 24 hours after the fever goes away. How fast your fever will recover depends on how strong your immune system is.
5. Avoid sharing personal household items
This is highly recommended that you do not share your dishes, water glasses, tea cups, beddings, towels with your family member let alone outsiders. After using, those should be washed properly with soap, water and detergent powder. As the virus is so tiny and microscopic, these cannot be seen in naked eyes, rather it will infect you without giving any warning. Isn’t it better to keep yourself safe from this virus and be healthy rather than having an experience in a hospital in a deadly situation?
6. Monitor your Symptoms
Find emergency medical attention if your illness is worsening (like, shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing). Call your healthcare provider and inform them about your discomfort. Put on facemasks before entering the facility. These steps will help the office of the healthcare provider to keep other people away from getting infected or being exposed. Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department immediately. The people who are placed under active monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals.
7. Discontinuing home isolation
Patients who are confirmed infected with 2019-nCoV should remain under home isolation until the risk of secondary transmission is thought to be low to other people. The decision of discontinuing home isolation precautions should be made on a case by case method. In consultation with healthcare providers of state and local health departments. The current information on 2019-nCoV is too limited.
The Bottom Line
Given the current spread of this coronavirus and the pace and complexity of international travel, the quantity of cases and deaths will be continuing to climb. In these circumstances, though we are dealing with a serious and novel pathogen , we should not panic as public health teams are being assembled and also the lessons learned from other deadly viruses like SARS and MERS will help in this issue. Follow the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as they will be sharing every single detail as soon as more information is available.