Going into a new decade brings a sense of hope for everyone. It’s 2020, the cure to cancer might be found as technology advances and scientific discoveries are being made every day. People are taking more steps to reduce their carbon footprint and awareness is being spread about climate change. What the world didn’t expect was a virus that’s killed over 1000 people and forced a city on lock-down. The name of this culprit is Coronavirus. With cases popping up in the US and Canada as well, people are beginning to feel anxious and paranoid. Especially because symptoms start off as what looks like a typical cold. It’s important to be made aware about how severe Coronavirus can get. Likewise, it’s also crucial to remain level-headed and take very easy precautions.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a family of viruses. This group of viruses can cause mild cold-like symptoms or more relentless diseases like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The origin of this virus has yet to be found, though some people believe it’s been transmitted from bats. Research is continuously being done. Signs of infection can include fever, cough, and breathing difficulties. The dangerous part is that these symptoms sound like the common cold. Left untreated, serious cases can lead to pneumonia, kidney failure and possibly death. It’s highly recommended that individuals who’ve travelled in the last month check in with a doctor. This step helps eliminate any suspicions of being a carrier.
The origin of the outbreak happened in Wuhan, China. It’s believed to have come from a seafood market where wildlife was also traded illegally. Since then, Wuhan has been in lock-down as a way to prevent the spreading of the virus. No modes of transportation are being allowed in or out. However, cases are still emerging outside of China. As of January 31st, 2020, WHO (World Health Organization) declared Coronavirus as a global emergency. The main concern is the spreading of this disease to other countries.
It’s still unclear how contagious Coronavirus is. What’s known is that Coronavirus can be spread from person to person. Any close contact (under 6 feet) can put you at risk. Coronavirus can also be spread by respiratory droplets, which are released when you’re coughing or sneezing. Furthermore, it’s possible that Coronavirus can be spread by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it. However, seems that the virus does not survive on surfaces for more than few hours. Research is still unclear about that prospect.
The most complicated part of Coronavirus is that symptoms may take anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks to appear. Consequently, it’s how cases are becoming so widespread around the world. The concerning fact is that someone could have it around us and not even know until much later. If they’ve been in contact with anyone, those individuals are now at the risk of catching the virus as well. Quarantines are in place for potential risk carriers. The average time spent in quarantine is about 2 weeks. But even a closed off space can’t protect you from carriers that aren’t aware they have it.
Currently, there’s no vaccine to prevent you from getting the Coronavirus infection but authorities are working on it. The best way to protect yourself from possible risk is to avoid close contact with people who are sick. Also, washing hands frequently and using a face mask in public is recommended. Thankfully, any outbreaks that have happened in Canada have been taken care of quickly and efficiently. It’s still important to be aware of your surroundings until this outbreak has been contained.
Notice how older people diagnosed with Coronavirus have more severe systems. They can’t fight back, therefore making the virus easy to take their lives. By building your immune system, you’re preparing your body for a battle that it can win if it’s strong enough. Eat healthy, stay positive, keep distancing and wash your hands often!
To conclude, reading about Coronavirus has made individuals be on high alert and stressed out. While it’s important to be aware of your surroundings, staying calm is key. With the right preventative measures, there’s a slim chance you will catch this disease. Above all, it never hurts to be careful.