Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered virus that first broke out from Wuhan China. What started as an epidemic mainly limited to China has today become a global pandemic. There have now been over 1,030,628 confirmed cases with 53,975 deaths, and a total number of 218,771 recoveries according to the John Hopkins University Covid-19 dashboard, which gathers information from national and international health authorities. This virus has been detected in more than 200 countries, with Italy, the US and Spain experiencing the most severe outbreaks outside of China.
Symptoms of Coronavirus
It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of coronavirus to appear. They can be similar to the symptoms of cold and flu. Common symptoms include:
- Dry Cough
Some patients may experience other symptoms such as:
- Aches and pains
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
These symptoms are usually mild and occur gradually, for some people they do not develop any symptoms, and about 80% recover from this disease without any medical treatment while some others can develop serious diseases if they contact the coronavirus.
These are the vulnerable people in the society that are more at risk of dying or develop the serious disease (such as lung infection, leukemia, etc) if they get the virus, they include:
- People with long-term medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, renal disease, liver disease, lung disease, cerebrovascular disease or high blood pressure
- Those that are 60 years and older, people over 70 are particularly vulnerable and should cocoon
- Those with a weak immune system
- Those with a medical condition that can affect your breathing
People that fall into this category must take extra percussions when trying to preventing this virus. They are advised to stay home, wash and sanitize your hands regularly, clean common touched surfaces with disinfectants, and take a lot of fluids. They’ve been no treatment for the coronavirus, however, the symptoms can be treated at home by observing self-isolation but if the symptoms persist it is advised that your contact your doctor.