The novel coronavirus continues to make headlines around the world. Although the virus outbreak started in Wuhan, China, new cases have been identified in many countries. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a new virus. Its symptoms include fever, coughing, a sore throat, and shortness of breath. Scientists have discovered that the virus can spread from person to person. There is currently no treatment for COVID-19. Keep reading to know who is at risk and what you must do if you have been infected by the virus:
Common Symptoms of COVID-19
Aside from the symptoms mentioned above other signs of symptoms of the virus include chills, body aches, runny nose, loss of taste or smell, muscle pain, and headache. To stop the spread of the disease, people who have mild symptoms of respiratory infection must get tested.
Some symptoms may appear in a person who had been in close contact with a person who has contracted the virus. Anyone who has been in close contact with someone confirmed to have or being assessed for COVID-19 infection and experience symptoms should contact their healthcare provider right away.
How the Virus Spreads
The coronavirus can spread from person to person through close contact with an infected person. This includes in the 18 hours before they experience symptoms. Also, the spread can happen through contact with droplets from the cough or sneeze of an infected person. Anyone who will touch objects or surfaces with droplets from an infected person and tough their mouth or face may be infected.
How to Protect Yourself from Coronavirus
To protect yourself from the spread of the deadly virus, avoid close contact with people who are sick. Also, you must wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose with unwashed hands. Health experts also recommend safe food practices as well as avoiding animals and uncooked meat when you travel in affected areas. But, the best preventive defensive thing you can do is to stay at home. Leave your home only if you need to purchase essentials for you and your family.
When you go out in public, always wear a cloth face cover. Older people and those with underlying health problems may be at risk for more serious disease and must consult their doctors if they want to travel to affected areas. As the virus situation evolves globally, you will want to take your time to become informed about precautions before you leave your home.