Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has spread to a number of countries around the world. It’s spreading at a very fast pace and most countries are currently under lockdown to contain it’s spread.
Many scientists and researchers are predicting that this lockdown/seize of nations could long for the entire year 2020. They also suggest that the actual impact of the Coronavirus is yet to be revealed.
Here’s all that you need to know about Corona Virus (COVID-19).
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What does COVID-19 stands for?
COVID-19 is a virus based disease, caused by a new strain of coronavirus. The ‘CO’ in COVID-19 stands for Corona, ‘VI’ stands for virus, and ‘D’ stands for disease. Since this disease/virus was first discovered in year 2019, that’s where the “19” in COVID-19 comes from.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19 or Coronavirus?
The commonly known symptom of COVID-19/Coronavirus infection are:
- Fever: The normal human body temperature is about 97°F. When the temperature goes beyond 100°F, that is considered as fever. The body temperature of COVID-19/Coronavirus infected patients is usually about 102°F, however anyone over 100°F should be quarantined as precaution.
- Sore throat: Coronavirus infected patients are reported to have pain and irritation in their throat. This resembles the condition one experiences in common-cold.
- Shortness of Breathe: One of the key differentiate symptom of COVID-19/Coronavirus is the shortness of breathe. Typically, a fit human being can hold breathe for about 30-60 seconds, while an athlete could hold breathe for minutes. However, a COVID-19 infected patient can’t hold the breathe for over 10-15 seconds.
- Loss of taste: The COVID-19/Coronavirus affected patients are reported to be loosing sense of taste. They can’t enjoy the food they are eating because of lack of taste.
- Loss of Smell: The infected patients will have difficulty in recognizing smells.
Is there any cures for COVID-19?
As of this date, no vaccine has been discovered for COVID-19/Coronavirus. However, this virus has a fatality rate of about 3.5%-5% as per the trends. This means out of every 100-infected patients, 95 will eventually recover from it. Once the stable vaccine is found, this fatality rate will reduce singificantly.
How is Coronavirus transmitted?
The virus is not entirely airborne, which means it cannot spread by air-alone. However, if the COVID-19/Coronavirus infected patient sneezes or coughs in close proximity, then the droplets produced as a result of that can be the carriers of this virus. Hence once can get the infection if they are in close contact with a COVID-19 patient. Typically, maintaining a distance of about 3 meters reduces the risk significantly, which is why governments are emphasizing on social distancing.
Also, the cough/droplets of the virus that are produced by infected-patient’s body can survive for many days. This means anything that has been in contact with a COVID-19 patient in last 3 days could be a carrier of the virus. Hence it’s advisable to be cautious about home-deliveries and other things which could be coming from contact with unknown individuals. It’s even advisable to not use the public chairs, handles, facilities etc for as long as this virus has been contained.
What makes Coronavirus so deadly/dangerous?
The property that makes this virus so deadly and dangerous is it’s transmission rate. Its transmission rate is three times higher than that of common-cold, about double of Spanish flu. The Spanish flu that eliminated one-third of world’s population during 1918-19 had about half fatality rate (10%) than that of Corona Virus (3.5-5%) but it had half the speed of transmission. This makes Coronavirus one of the most deadly virus of this century. There are other viruses that have significantly higher fatality rate, but their transmission rates are significantly smaller than that of COVID-19.
Who is most vulnerable to Coronavirus infection?
People of age above 50 and children of age less than 5 are most vulnerable to this virus. However, this doesn’t mean others are immune to it. Anyone with a weak immune system is highly vulnerable to it. Its important in these days to take a healthy diet, and focus on boosting your immune system.
What is the reliable source of information about Coronavirus?
It’s important to be cautious about what rumors you believe in these times. Many media channels, reporters and individuals who don’t have complete understanding of this virus are spreading unreliable rumors. This could create undue panic, which we must avoid at all cost.
You can get the updated, reliable news about Coronavirus/COVID-19, the numbers of it’s infected patients and other statistics by country from this link. This particular web-page is being maintained by Google, and has information that has been validated on multiple layers.
What should I do to protect against Corona Virus?
To prevent yourself from the virus, it’s advisable to follow social distancing and avoid social contact as far as possible. Since this virus can be transmitted through contact with objects, it’s better to not take deliveries of food/grocery etc directly without wearing hand gloves. Also, after taking those deliveries, it’s better to sanitize them with hot water if possible, or otherwise various sprays/methods of sanitization that you can find online on reliable websites.
How bad is Coronavirus for Humanity and Economy of our world?
You can also read my article – COVID-19: The strategic weapon of economic disruption which contains the statistical research about the impact of COVID-19/Coronavirus, it’s future impact on our economy and comparisons of COVID-19 with other virus that we know of.