A serious illness appears on the planet every few years. There are cases when serious epidemics pass by and do no harm to a person, and we just get a new type of virus and start looking for a way to save human lives from it. Fortunately, this is a usual case. But the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, which appeared not so long ago in China, may become something more dangerous. There is a lot of information of this virus, but all of it is superficial.
What is coronavirus?
In fact, everything is very simple. Viruses with this name are simply combined under one name, which is obtained due to the visual similarity of the virus to the corona. This similarity is achieved due to the spiky processes that extend from the membrane in different directions.
Coronaviruses (latin: Coronaviridae) is a family that includes 37 types of viruses, combined into 2 subfamilies that infect humans, cats, birds, dogs, cattle and pigs.
How did the coronavirus appear?
The coronavirus, which causes pneumonia, shortness of breath, and invasive lung damage, was first reported in China on December 31, 2019.
This virus was detected in Wuhan (Hubei Province). Just 4 days after detection, 44 cases of infection with this virus were recorded. At the same time, a quarter of patients were in critical condition.
How to protect yourself from the coronavirus?
As it should be, in the very near future after the detection of cases of the disease, recommendations began to appear on how to protect oneself from it. For sure, the most logical option now seems to refuse visiting the city of Wuhan. But of the more serious advice, the World Health Organization gives the following.
The first step is to pay attention to all people with signs of a cold or flu. Even if you have met him far from the place where the outbreaks were recorded, you should be careful.
Since the virus may be contained in products, it is worth paying attention to their proper processing. Also, don’t neglect hand washing.
Another important point that most likely does not protect you, but will reduce the risk of the spread of the virus, is proper sneezing and coughing. Sneezing and coughing is only in a handkerchief or in a bent elbow. Sneezing in the palm of the hand, as a rule, the right one, we then grab hold of everything, shake hands with each other and thereby spread the infection even more than if we simply sneezed into space.
Symptoms of the Chinese coronavirus
The symptoms of infection with the 2019-nCoV virus are very similar to ordinary cold or flu. The difference appears a bit later. It all starts with a temperature rise. So the body fights with foreign bodies that have got inside. In addition, among the first manifestations, fatigue and cough with a small amount of sputum can be noted.
About 90% of patients in the first stage experienced these symptoms. In addition, another 20% noted chest tightness. 20% of patients had shortness of breath, 15% feeling of lack of air.