According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.”
If you have been following the news, you would have realized that this disease originated in Wuhan City, Hubei province, China, and has infected some 2,000 people (up to the time this post was written) since its discovery.
Travel to and from that province has been restricted in an effort to contain and slow down the spread of the coronavirus.
How Coronavirus Started
The disease started in what are called “wet markets” in China.
According to The Business Insider,
“At such markets, outdoor stalls are squeezed together to form narrow lanes, where locals and visitors shop for cuts of meat and ripe produce. A stall selling hundreds of caged chickens may abut a butcher counter, where uncooked meat is chopped as nearby dogs watch hungrily. Vendors hock skinned hares, while seafood stalls display glistening fish and shrimp.
Wet markets put people and live and dead animals — dogs, chickens, pigs, snakes, civets, and more — in constant close contact. That makes it easy for a virus to jump from animal to human.”
There are a number of symptoms one can look out for when trying to identify the presence of Coronavirus. They are:
- Runny Nose
- Sore Throat
- A general feeling of being unwell
Since those symptoms are also symptomatic of having the flu, it is advised that you check your physician who can do a proper test to determine what you are suffering from.
Treatment of Coronavirus
There are no specific treatment options available for the illness that causes coronavirus in humans, but there are some things that you can do to alleviate the symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), they include:
- Use a room humidifier or take a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough
- Take pain and fever medications (Caution: do not give Aspirin to children)
- Stay home and rest
- Drink plenty of liquids
How to Protect Yourself and Others
- Stay home while you are sick
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
- Avoid close contact with others
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds