Recently, the Coronavirus has been all over the news. You may also have overheard co-workers and family members talking about it. The reported infection count and death toll is constantly climbing, and confirmed infections are now happening outside of China. We're here to provide you information about what exactly the Coronavirus is, how to prevent it, and what to do if you become infected from it.
What is coronavirus?
"Human coronaviruses are common throughout the world. Seven different coronaviruses, that scientists know of, can infect people and make them sick." (CDC, 2020) This virus family can vary greatly in severity, from simply a cold to potentially causing respiratory issues. The most recent virus strain, which is the one getting publicity, is called the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The first Coronaviruses, such as the bronchitis virus and mouse hepatitis, were discovered in the late 1960s the viruses. There have now been over 2,000 confirmed cases in China and has now spread to the United States with a growing list of states confirming infections. The symptoms include: runny noses, headaches, body aches, fever, cough, and a sore throat that usually progresses to pneumonia. Infections are most common found in people with already weakened immune systems, babies, and older adults. However, anyone can be infected so it is important to stay healthy and reduce the risk of being infected with the Coronavirus.
How to prevent the coronavirus
Coronaviruses are most commonly spread through contact with another individual via coughing or sneezing within close range. As of right now, there are no specified treatments for the coronaviruses, but you can use these tips to reduce your risk of spreading or getting this virus:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Wash your hands often with warm water and soap
- Wear a mask
- Avoid touching your mouth or eyes
- Disinfect surfaces you touch frequently
What to do when sick
There is no specific treatment for the coronavirus, but you can do some of the tips below to help you recover from the infection:
- Covering your mouth when sneezing or coughing
- Stay inside when sick
- Use a humidifier and take hot showers
- Stay hydrated
- Get a lot of rest
- Understand when to go to the doctors
- Eat healthy foods
Joshua Berlinger, Steve George, James Griffiths and Jack Guy, CNN