According to the WHO, coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). These viruses were originally transmitted from animals to people. SARS, for instance, was transmitted from civet cats to humans while MERS moved to humans from a type of camel.
The name coronavirus comes from the Latin word corona, meaning crown or halo. Under an electron microscope, the looks like it is surrounded by a solar corona. In this article, we will be talking about the symptoms of Coronavirus and things you should do from getting infected. Below are the symptoms and things you need to know;
First Things You Need to Know
1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold and not coronavirus. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.
2. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 degrees. It hates the sun.
3. If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and it’s no longer airborne.
4. If it drops on a metal surface, it will live for at least 12 hours. So if you come into contact with any metal surface, wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap. And if it’s on fabric, it can survive for 6-12 hours. Meanwhile, normal laundry detergent will kill it.
5. Drinking hot water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.
6. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer for the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but a lot can happen during that time. You can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on.
7. You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.
8. Can’t emphasize enough, drink plenty of water.
Here Are The Second Things You Need to Know
What Are The Symptoms?
1. It will first infect the throat, so you will have a sore throat lasting for 3-4 days.
2. The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5-6 days further.
3. With the pneumonia, comes high fever and difficulty in breathing.
4. The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you’re drowning. It’s imperative you then seek immediate attention.
Third Things You Need to Know
The new Coronavirus may not show sign of infection for many days.
How can one know if he or she is infected?
By the time they have fever and/or cough, and go to the hospital, the lungs is usually 50% fibrosis and it’s too late.
Experts provide a simple self-check that we can do every morning. These are;
1. Take a deep breath and hold your breath for more than 10 seconds. If you complete it without coughing, discomfort, stiffness or tightness, that shows that there is no Fibrosis in the lungs and this basically indicates no infection.
2. In critical time, please self-check in an environment with clean air. Everyone should ensure your mouth and throat are moist, never dry.
3. Take a few sips of water every 15 minutes at least.
This is because even if the virus get into your mouth, drinking water or other liquids will wash it down through your throat and into your stomach. Once there, your stomach acid will kill all the virus. If you don’t drink enough water more regularly, the virus can enter your windpipe and into your lungs. That’s very dangerous.
Stay safe out there and do all the needful.