Coronavirus is the new epidemic in town and panic is on the rise throughout the world. The air stinks of fear and apprehension all over the world and most people do not even have any idea what exactly is the disease that it is causing and how it is affecting us. Proper knowledge and a clear picture of this virus is required so that people can understand how exactly they can combat against the current situation. Let’s look at a few facts about this deadly virus that will help you to understand the infection in a proper way.
The name ‘Coronavirus’ comes from the Latin word ‘corona’ that means crown or halo. This name is given to the virus due to its characteristic structure. You might be surprised but coronavirus is not a brand new abomination that has been introduced to us recently. The first coronavirus was discovered in the 1960s and first found in the respiratory system of chickens.
After that two viruses of the same family called the human coronavirus 229E and human coronavirus OC43 were found in the nasal cavity of human beings which were responsible for the common cold but nothing more serious than that. But eventually, several other viruses of the coronavirus family-like SARS-CoV in 2003, HCoV NL63 in 2004, HKU1 in 2005 and MERS-CoV in 2012 were found to be the reasons behind serious respiratory tract infections.
The most recently discovered Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) comes from the same lineage of viruses. Due to its origin from Wuhan, China, it is also known as the Wuhan coronavirus. This virus is transmitted to humans through animals making it zoonotic. The virus is known to be travelling within animal species but has evolved to infect humans as well.
The city of Wuhan is one of the famous hubs of meat market of China and specializes in seafood wholesale. A variety of animals including chicken, pheasants, bat, venomous snakes, spotted deer, dogs, and many more creatures are being slaughtered at this market for consumption. The first recognized infections started with the symptoms of pneumonia of unknown causes to the people that deal with this market regularly. Even though it has not been confirmed which animal has transmitted the virus unto humans but for the time being it is advised to remain vigilant of companion animals like dogs and cats as well for they might be infected too.
As of today, almost 24 countries with more than 17000 people have already been affected by this virus. But the truth is people should consider a few things before panicking. It’s been found that 362 people have died but also 488 have recovered. It is observed that out of the first cases that got infected, 32% of people had chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension, 32% required intensive care and 15% died but almost many who died had other conditions like advanced age, cardiovascular diseases, etc. It is evident that this virus ad impaired their immune system propelling their death faster.
But remaining alert does not hurt! So here are a few symptoms that you should know about and rush to the nearest medical facility if you see any of these upcoming signs. The symptoms will include fever, cough, shortness of breath and diarrhea. In case of severe infection, you might have pneumonia, kidney failure and eventually death.
You can follow certain preventive measures that will help you to avoid this outbreak up to a definite extent. Wash and sanitize your hands frequently with alcohol-based hand wash or soap. If you are using tissue paper while sneezing or coughing quickly dispose it off and wash your hands. Avoid eating raw or undercooked animal meat. Wash your hands diligently in between handling raw and cooked food. Do not consume animals that have died of diseases. Keep your home as clean as possible so that pests like rats and cockroaches do not infiltrate and spread the virus. Although it has not been confirmed that rats and cockroaches might be the carriers but it’s better to be prepared. Keep your surroundings and yourself as clean and tidy as possible and in case you do need professional cleaning services in Bangalore just give a call on 080-4653-5800 or visit www.techsquadteam.com
Be prepared, remain alert and avoid Coronavirus!