The CHINA CORONA VIRUS or 2019 nCOV or SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19 belongs to the family of viruses called Coronaviridae.
This new variation of a flu-like virus is becoming increasingly dangerous because a person infected may not develop the disease for about two weeks.
This virus is causing fear and panic among people because it cannot be treated by antibiotics, which only work against bacteria, not viruses.
However, if you have been hospitalized for the coronavirus, you may receive antibiotics since is possible to have bacterial co-infection.
Animal (possibly a SNAKE - at the South China Seafood Wholesale Market)
The virus enters through the mouth and nose. Transmitted between humans in droplets from sneezing or coughing and shaking hands (touching). Also, having contact with contaminated surfaces or objects, followed by contact with the mouth, nose or eyes.
Then it finds a HOST CELL in the respiratory system. The CELL then bursts and infects other nearby cells.
At present, there is NO coronavirus cure known.
1 person can infect at least 2 others
THE CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS
COVID-19 MORTALITY RATE
2.3 to 3.4%
The aggravating factor of the new coronavirus is that the person infected may not show any symptom for up to two weeks. And during this time many people who have been in contact with that individual could also be infected.
Most victims of the coronavirus die from complications including pneumonia, kidney failure, swelling in the lungs and swelling in the respiratory system, making hard for the lungs to pass oxygen to the bloodstream, which leads to organ failure and death.
REDUCE YOUR RISK OF INFECTION
At present, there’s no evidence that cats, dogs or other pets can be infected with the virus.
How is a suspected case of the new coronavirus COVID-19 defined?
To be considered a suspected, a patient must have fever accompanied by respiratory symptoms, have had close contact with a suspected or confirmed case, and having traveled in the last 14 days to countries that have confirmed cases.
Patients with suspected cases should be kept in isolation for as long as there are clinical signs and symptoms. Cases discarded by a laboratory, regardless of symptoms, can be removed from isolation.
WHO CAN BE AFFECTED
People of all ages can be infected by the China corona virus. Older people and individuals with pre-existing medical conditions such as, diabetes, asthma and heart disease are more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.
WHEN TO SEEK HELP
If you have cough, fever and difficult breathing seek medical care as soon as possible and share your recent travel history with your health care provider.