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What is Covid-19? Aka the Coronavirus
Coronavirus disease was discovered in 2019, and is being held responsible for a global pandemic in 2020. Its official name is SARS-Cov-2 (severe, acute, respiratory syndrome 2). It is genetically very similar to the SARS outbreak in 2002.
Coronavirus typically causes about 25% of flu viruses in humans and are benign, but occasionally Corona viruses mutate in an animal reservoir just enough to infect and start causing disease in humans. It is believed that Covid-19 originated in bats and jumped over to an animal called a Pangolin. Pangolin's are transferred around the world because it is believed their scales have healing properties. Thus, this transfer makes it easier for the virus to spread on a global level.
At a microscopic level, Covid-19 is a single strand RNA virus, with protein spikes that look like a crown. Corona actually means crown in Latin. These spikes invade cells and take over. Once they do that they multiply causing respiratory distress.
Some people will not develop any symptoms. Others will develop symptoms similar to a cold. Fever, cough, shortness of breath and in severe cases pneumonia. Fluid built up in the lungs can cause severe lung damage, ARDS-acute respiratory distress syndrome which can lead to septic shock. This is the main cause of death from the Covid-19 infection. Those at higher risk are those over 60, smokers, and anyone that has an already compromised immune system.
Initial reported cases
As of February 11, 2020, there have been 43,103 cases out of those 1,018 deaths. That makes the fatality rate 2.4%.
Coronavirus Is Our Future
The Coronavirus spreads by coughing and sneezing, similar to a cold or flu virus. Tiny droplets can then be transferred from the air to another person's mouth, nose, eyes, or genitals. Basically any mucous membrane tissue. Coronavirus has also been found in people's stools.
Once someone is infected, symptoms develop on average 5 days later. Again typical of the flu, 5-7 days. This is called the incubation period. This incubation period has been known to last up to 24 days. This is because incubation for everyone is different. No one knows for sure that asymptomatic people transfer the virus, but even if they do that plays a minor role in spreading. However, with the Covid-19 virus, the main concern is spreading. It has a very quick rate of spreading, more so than other viruses.
Treatment for those infected with Corona virus
The main focus of treatment for anyone infected with Covid-19 is supportive care. You will treat this as if it was a bad case of the flu. Have plenty of fluids, rest, and eat well until your body can recover and eliminate the virus.
In severe cases, hospitals focus on providing oxygen, fluids, and ventilatory support.
There are 3 medications showing positive results in combating the Coronavirus in lab settings.
1. Ritonivir-an anti HIV medication
2. Remdesivir-an anti viral drug previously used against Ebola.
3. Choloroquine- an anti-malerial drug
Sadly as of March 2020, there is no vaccine available to prevent infection of Covid-19. A vaccine may be available at some point but that is many months away.
For now, the goal is to prevent transmission from human to human. What does this mean?
Isolation of the sick. Covid-19 can travel about 3ft in the air. Some of the viruses have been shown to be able to survive on surfaces over 24 hours.
With this in mind, it has been suggested that healthy people, not infected with the Coronavirus/ Covid-19 do the following...
- Avoid travel
- Avoid large crowds, especially in areas known to be infected
- Keep a 6ft distance from those sick or showing signs of infection of Covid-19
- Don't bother wearing a surgical mask, the risk of infection in these settings is to low
- Wash your hands properly and frequently
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, and genitals
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, don't reuse tissues or share hankies.
- Wipe down frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, kitchen counters, bathrooms, sinks, elevator buttons, and avoid touching things you don't need to touch.
- Healthcare workers that are exposed to sick patients need to use personal protective equipment to avoid infection and lower transfer to others
Covid-19 Corona virus myths
- You can't get it from manufactured goods from China.
- You can't get it from mosquitoes.
- You can't prevent it by eating garlic.
- You can't get it from your pet.
- Infection does not mean you are going to die.
- Asian people are not all infected with the Covid-19/Corona virus.
- Running out to buy toilet paper is not needed unless you're low anyhow.
- Mass hysteria will not help deal with this virus.
How to wash your hands
How to properly wash your hands
We should all be washing our hands this way regardless of the Covid-19/Corona virus, teach your children how to properly wash their hands.
- Use soap and water. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
- Wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap, water, and friction. You can count or sing the ABC's to make sure you have ample time to clean them.
- Dry your hands and keep them off your face, nose, eyes, mouth, and genitals.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2020 Rebecca
Rebecca (author) from USA on April 21, 2020:
I completely agree. Thank you for your comments Sandra. It's going to be interesting to say the least.
Sandra Sola from Uganda on April 19, 2020:
Thank you very much for great insight into Covid-19. We don’t know when this pandemic will come to an end and even it does come to an end, we will have to adjust to the new normal that we currently on.
A must read for everyone.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 20, 2020:
Thanks for underscoring the preventative measure, and I appreciate the information on how to treat the virus.Very helpful.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 18, 2020:
Informative and a must read for everyone. It is important to be reminded of the VIRUS as many people are not familiar with such prevention and causes.