COVID-19 Symptoms, Prevention, Treatments and Essential Facts – Coronavirus outbreak
by Shadi BannaPublished on March 14, 2020
Protect yourself and those around you during the new Coronavirus outbreak
In the following article, we will be summarizing some of the most important information that is available to us at the moment about the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. All the information included within this article is based on reliable resources such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus according to the WHO
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptoms, how do we detect if we have the virus?
Coronavirus Symptoms may vary from one person to the other, but according to the CDC, the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the new Coronavirus COVID-19:
Shortness of Breath
Additional symptoms of tiredness and fatigue are also common.
Check this video to show the difference between allergy symptoms and those of the Coronavirus or flu.
How can the Coronavirus (COVID-19) be treated?
COVID-19 treatment is still being developed. At the moment there isn’t a vaccine or treatment that is available.
However, for more than 80% of the cases, the treatment guidelines are similar to those of the common flu. Over the counter medicine can help in alleviating the fever and fatigue and isolating yourself at home should be enough.
If the symptoms get more serious especially with regard to difficulty in breathing, it would be best to follow the Coronavirus outbreak procedures in your local city or country.
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How can we protect ourselves from Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
The COVID-19 is highly infectious and could be transmitted easily from person to person. That’s why social distancing – staying 1 to 2 meters away from other people is useful in slowing down the virus’s propagation.
Even though the vast majority of people that get infected recover quickly from the virus, just like they would from the flu, the challenge the virus poses is to the healthcare sector. The aim is to try to slow the speed of infections in a country so that the severe cases don’t overwhelm the local hospitals and health practitioners who are at the front line.
Many countries have advised their citizens to stay at home and follow good hygiene practices such as washing hands regularly. Here’s a video that gives you some ideas about how to make the most of your time at home.
8 Coronavirus (COVID-19) facts and myth busters
Here are 8 facts about the Coronavirus that you should know about:
Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the new coronavirus
Taking a hot bath does not prevent the new coronavirus disease
The new coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites.
Hand dryers are NOT effective in killing the new coronavirus?
UV lamps should not be used to sterilize hands or other areas of skin
Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will NOT kill viruses that have already entered your body.
Vaccines against pneumonia, DO NOT provide protection against the new coronavirus.
Antibiotics ARE NOT effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus
We will keep updating this post as more information becomes available. In the meantime, stay safe, don’t panic and make to only get your information about the Coronavirus from reliable sources.