At the beginning of 2020, a new virus started gaining attention and generating headlines all over the world because of the extraordinary speed of its transmission.
Its geneses reportedly are traced to a food market in Wuhan, China, back in December 2019. From there, it’s got hold of countries as distant as the Philippines and the United States.
The virus (officially called SARS-CoV-2) is purportedly responsible for millions of infections experienced worldwide. It is also the cause of hundreds of thousands of deaths. Sadly, the United States is the country most hit by this virus.
The disease triggered by an infection with SARS-CoV-2 is known as COVID-19, which represents coronavirus disease in 2019.
Despite the global panic in the news about this virus, there is rarely a possibility of your contracting SARS-CoV-2 except you’ve been in contact with someone who has a SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Specialists and health workers are consistently learning new things about this virus every single day. As far as we know, COVID-19 may not, at the very beginning, trigger any symptoms for some people.
There is a huge possibility that an infected person may carry the virus for 2 days or even up to 2 weeks before you start noticing any symptoms.
Some usual symptoms that have been precisely linked to COVID-19 include:
- shortness of breath
- a cough that gets very serious over time
- a low-grade fever that slowly increases in temperature
Less common symptoms include:
- repeated shaking with chills
- sore throat
- muscle aches and pains
- loss of taste
- loss of smell
These signs may become more serious in some people. Go on and call emergency medical services if you or someone you know have any of the following symptoms:
- trouble breathing
- blue face or lips
- insistent pressure or pain in the chest
- extreme drowsiness
Fortunately, CDC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is still examining the full list of symptoms.
COVID-19 versus the flu
We are consistently on the move to find out if 2019 coronavirus is more or less deadly than the seasonal flu.
This is tough to determine since the total number of cases, including mild cases in people who are applying self-medication and do not want to seek treatment or get tested, is yet unknown.
Nonetheless, premature evidence suggests that this coronavirus causes more deaths than seasonal flu.
An appraised figure of 0.04 to 0.2 percent of people who had the flu during the 2019–2020 flu period in the United States died as of April 4, 2020.
This is equated to about six percent of those with an established case of COVID-19 in the United States, according to the CDC.
Here are some common signs of the flu:
- stuffy or runny nose
- sore throat
- body aches
The fact is that coronaviruses are zoonotic. This simply means that they first develop in animals before being transferred to humans.
For the virus to be conveyed from animals to humans, a person has to come into close contact with an animal that has the infection.
Once the virus grows in people, coronaviruses can be transferred from person to person through respiratory droplets. This is actually an official name for the wet stuff that travels through the air when you sneeze, cough, or talk.
The viral substance hangs out in these droplets and can be inhaled into the respiratory tract (your lungs and windpipe), where the virus can then cause an infection.
It is likely that you could get SARS-CoV-2 if you touch your nose, mouth, or eyes after getting in close contact with an object or surface that has the virus on it. Nonetheless, this is not generally accepted to be a major way that the virus spreads.
The 2019 coronavirus hasn’t been conclusively linked to a precise animal. However, researchers believe that the virus may have been passed from bats to another animal — eitherpangolins or snakes — and then transferred to humans.
This transmission likely transpired in the open food market in Wuhan, China.
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