Find out the symptoms of Coronavirus, how it is spread, and when to call a doctor. First, it is important to understand what Covid-19 is all about, and where it started.
What is Covid-19?
The virus is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Other recorded Coronavirus shows that it has come from animals. The Huanan seafood wholesale market is where the previous types of Coronavirus spread. The virus affected people who worked or frequently shopped in the Huanan seafood wholesale market.
The virus causes fever, cold and Pneumonia. It also causes breathing difficulty. Kindly note that this is viral pneumonia, so antibiotics are of no use. It is important to note that a person with a strong immune system has a higher chance of recovering from this virus. The use of antibiotics is not encouraged. The antiviral drugs we have against flu will not work.
Should I go to the doctor if I have a cough?
It is advised to see a doctor if you have traveled areas affected by coronavirus lately. In the UK, you can call NHS 111 emergency number.
Have there been other coronaviruses?
In the past, they have been Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers). The mentioned virus is both caused by coronaviruses which originated from Animals. Sars and Mers caused a number of deaths. In 2002, Sars infected over 8,000 people and killing more than 750.
Is the virus being transmitted from one person to another?
Coronavirus has been confirmed to be transmitted from one person to another. China’s national health commission recently said that the virus can be transmitted from person to person. In other to protect yourself, you need to wash your hands with running water, and with soap for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face frequently.