You’ve probably been hearing all about it, but what exactly is the coronavirus? Should we fear it as we have feared polio, influenza, cholera, tuberculosis, and even the common cold? What are the chances of someone you know coming into contact with the disease?
What is The Coronavirus?
If you didn’t know already the coronavirus isn’t a single type of virus. It is actually a family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans, according to the WHO. The virus originally began as an epidemic in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province in China. The virus has since spread to different areas around the world through contact with someone’s respiratory discharges such as coughs, sneezes, and mucus.
Symptoms of the Virus
Symptoms of the Wuhan coronavirus vary. The symptoms expose themselves anywhere from two to 14 days after exposure. You could notice a higher amount of coughing, shortness of breath or even an outbreak of a fever. The symptoms range from very mild to severe and in worse cases can cause death. Those who have suffered from the virus have been notably older in age, younger children or those with previous medical conditions.
US Cases of Coronavirus
Currently, only 15 cases of the virus have been confirmed in the United States. Worldwide that number has reached nearly 60,000. No cure has currently been found to help symptoms of the virus, but experts are working quickly to develop one. Some suggest developing antivirals. Researchers are testing antivirals in the lab to see its effectiveness versus the virus. Although continued implementation to find a cure is being undergone the viruses aren’t that easy to treat, due to its diversity and unique traits.
Those in the US can be calm as there are many experts on the case to help find a solution. Stay up to date with the latest on the Wuhan Coronavirus by visiting the WHO.int. You can also visit your local PCP to stay on top of your health in general!
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