Causes and Symptoms of Corona Virus

    Causes and Symptoms of Corona Virus

    Since the first infection was reported in China, coronavirus has made headlines for all the wrong reasons. The virus is a combines a large family of viruses that cause multiple illnesses ranging from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. The infection has never been identified before in humans and is zoonotic, meaning both people and animals can spread the disease. 

    Like most viruses, coronavirus spreads faster and can cause adverse effects on the body if not treated in time. Coronavirus first case was reported in Wuhan, China, and the infection was from an animal. Majority of those who were infected by the disease earlier were working or shopping in the Huanan seafood wholesale market located at the center of Wuhan.

    Incubation Period Corona Virus

    Incubation period refers to the time between contracting a virus and the time you start showing symptoms of the disease. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the incubation period of coronavirus is 2-14 days.

    These estimates are based on the behavior of the virus during its early days in Wuhan and studies of related viruses such as SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV. However, the estimates may change as researchers’ intensity their studies on the infection.

    It is also quite unclear whether people infected with coronavirus during the incubation stage though there have been cases of people infecting others without showing symptoms. Also based on the WHO-China Joint Mission, few people contract the virus but never show symptoms. 

    Causes of Coronavirus

    The International Committee on Taxonomy of Virus is an institution tasked with the work of naming new viruses. On 11TH February 2020, the committee called the virus severe respiratory coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). 

    From its name, this virus is related to SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV) that caused havoc in 2002-2003 but is not the same as this virus.

    Symptoms of Corona Virus 

    Symptoms of coronavirus include:

    1. Pneumonia 
    2. Coughs 
    3. Fever 
    4. Breathing Difficulties 
    5. In severe cases, it can cause organ failure, kidney failure and death

    The recovery of an infected person depends on the strength of his immune system. Majority of those who died from the infection were of poor health. If you notice any of the above symptoms, then consult a medical professional for assistance.  

    How dangerous is a coronavirus? 

    As of now, there are limited studies on this disease, and we’ll show you better its severity when the data becomes available. Its mortality rate is about 2%, and the majority of infected people get treatment. The disease is also very contagious, and as at 4th of March, there have been 3,190 deaths worldwide and more than 93,000 infections in over 80 countries.

    In China alone, there have been 2,981 deaths and 80,270 new infections. South Korea is second with 5,328 cases. There are also high chances of recovery as more than 45,00 infected people have recovered from the virus. Other countries include the UK where there are 51 recorded cases and Australia with 41 documented cases. There are no fatalities in both countries.

    How to prevent the infection of Corona Virus?

    Medical experts have offered many recommendations to safeguard you from the disease. These include: 

    1. Regular hand-washing Covering your nose and mouth while sneezing and coughing 
    2. Thorough cooking of meat and eggs 
    3. Avoiding close contact with anyone showing symptoms of the disease, i.e. coughing or sneezing 

    Coronavirus or better known as Covid-19, has been a global health concern over the last few months. It has caused massive economic damages to China and other affected countries. With the increasing cases of countries banning flights from affected regions and limiting movement, this pandemic has been a major concern around the world. However, scientists are now working on new methods and medicine that will combat the spread of the disease, cure the affected and protect the uninfected population.

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