The novel coronavirus is quickly becoming a global threat. This virus is an infection within the sinuses, nose and upper throat. It is important to know though a majority of coronaviruses are not dangerous, it is better to stay safe than sorry.
The first coronavirus in Canada was reported earlier in January, after a man, in his 50s, flew home from visiting China, especially Wuhan, the quarantined city and epicenter of this ailment. The man was later admitted to a hospital and kept in isolation. According to The Star, the illness is mild and poses a low risk to other individuals in Ontario. However, the individual’s wife is also presumed to be infected with the virus.
Unfortunately, since then, a third case has surfaced after a man in his 40s returned to Canada, from a business trip to Wuhan. The man lives in Vancouver and, upon arrival of symptoms, isolated himself and called a doctor.
Health officials in Ontario are currently conducting ongoing investigations on 11 other people suspected of having the virus. In China, approximately 106 individual’s coronavirus has proved lethal. The number of cases reported was previously 2,835 but have now multiplied to 4,515.
Since then, China has also locked down 15 other cities in attempts to stop the spread of this deadly virus.
What Is Coronavirus Infection?
Did you know coronavirus was first detected in the 1960s? However, its origin is unknown. Unfortunately, this fast-spreading virus spreads by coming in contact with an infected person or animal due to sneezing or coughing. It can also spread by touching things used by the patient, such as utensils, doorknobs, or even by touching the infected individual’s face or hands.
Are Coronavirus Symptoms Severe?
Coronavirus symptoms are quite similar to that of an upper respiratory infection. These symptoms include the following:
- Fever Headache
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
In rare cases, coronavirus infection can lead to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV infection) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which can result in kidney failure, respiratory failure, pneumonia and in some cases can prove fatal.
Symptoms of coronavirus appear between two to fourteen days of exposure to the illness. The individual’s travel history is taken into consideration when diagnosing.
Can Coronavirus Be Prevented?
Individuals suffering from this virus can protect those around them by taking the following measures for coronavirus prevention until they can return to their daily activities.
Staying at home is the best thing you can do to stop this virus in its tracks. Unless you have to head out to the doctor’s office. Once confirmed, you are infected, stop going to work, grocery store, or any other public place. Also, avoid traveling by public transport.
Protect Your Family
At this difficult time, it is important to save your loved ones from getting this virus. Try your best to spend most of the day in a separate room and use a separate bathroom if you can.
Coronavirus Face Mask
It is best for patients as well as those residing in the same house to wear a coronavirus face mask while in the same vicinity. Patients are also advised to wear face masks when visiting a doctor.
Make a Doctor’s Appointment
If possible, call the doctor’s office beforehand when making a visit and inform them of a possible MERS-CoV infection. This allows the hospital to take appropriate measures to keep others from contracting the virus.
Use Separate Daily Essentials
No doubt, all ailments spread faster due to shared items and utensils. Therefore, patients are advised to use separate utensils, cups, bedding and towels. These items should be washed properly with soap and water after use.
Benefits of Personal Hygiene
Maintaining personal hygiene is essential to curbing the spread of coronavirus. Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. Carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer in the absence of water. Avoid touching the mouth, nose and eyes with dirty hands.
As the general rule goes, one should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue while sneezing or coughing. Dispose of the tissue in a trashcan, cover it up and wash hands.
Precautions for Healthy Individuals
Healthy individuals are also advised to limit going to public places, wear a mask, avoid eating from shared utensils and maintain proper hygiene by washing hands after touching things previously touched by other individuals. Remember, there is no known cure as yet, it is best to take as many precautionary measures as possible.
Is it Safe to Travel?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend individuals to avoid traveling to China. For the time being, it is also a good idea to limit traveling since you never know which individuals might be infected. This disease has now spread to 15 other countries, apart from Canada, namely Vietnam, USA., Thailand, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Singapore, Nepal, Malaysia, Japan, Ivory Coast, Germany, France, Cambodia and Australia.