Coronavirus: Things to Know About the Viral Epidemic

January 28, 2020

A recent viral epidemic resulting in a cluster of pneumonia cases in the Wuhan province of China has raised serious concerns among Chinese medical authorities and the World health Organization. A new variant of the coronavirus has infected over hundreds of people and continues to infect hundreds more. Originally believed to only be transmitted between animals, authorities have now confirmed that humans can transmit the virus to one another.

What is Coronavirus or Novel Coronavirus (nCoV)?

Coronavirus is a species of virus that affects the respiratory tract, which can range from minor cold to severe illnesses. The Ongoing infection is caused by a variant of the virus called nCoV.

How is Coronavirus Transmitted?

Coronavirus can be transmitted from person to person. It can spread when a person coughs or sneezes or even when someone touches a contaminated surface like a door handle.

What are the symptoms of nCoV?

Symptoms of nCoV include:

  • Runny nose.
  • Headache.
  • Cough.
  • Sore throat.
  • High fever.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Pneumonia.
  • Bronchitis.

What is the treatment available to people suffering from Coronavirus?

Supportive and symptomatic treatment is given to patients. 
Unfortunately, a vaccine for the coronavirus has not been developed yet, as medical researchers continue to study the effects of viral outbreak.

How to prevent Coronavirus?

Here are some of the preventive measures to help prevent the spreading of Coronavirus:

  • Avoid crowded spaces.
  • Avoid contact with people who are ill.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean/disinfect objects and surfaces.

Will it affect people in India?

Although no cases have been reported in India at the moment, the government are on authorities are on high alert. The Health ministry in India has begun screening procedures at all international airports especially for passengers coming in from affected areas.

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