The COVID-19 is a Chinese coronavirus that began in a wet market in Wuhan, China in December 2019. In February the World Health Organization official gave this virus its name because of the crown-like spikes on its surfaces. It closely resembles the SARS virus that surfaced in 2002, but more deadly. Doctors like Cory Harow are always reading about the virus.
This is a virus that was common among animals and transmitted to humans. This virus at first was thought to only attack the upper respiratory system, but now we know it attacks the brain and other vital organs in the human body. The incubation period ranges from one to fourteen days. The most common symptoms emerge about 5 days after coming in contact with an infected person.
For the elderly, people with a weakened immune system, and people with underlying health issues this virus could be very serious and even deadly. It is worse for this group of people but as one knows, it has attack healthy people, sick people, those in nursing homes, the young, the old, and all nationalities.
Once humans are infected with COVID-19 they spread the virus to others by their droplets from a cough, sneeze, singing, talking, or handshake. The droplets enter one’s system thru the mouth, nose, or eyes. Lots of people are asymptomatic and are spreading the virus because one doesn’t know they have the virus. The virus can also be transmitted when an infected person touches a surface of some kind and someone comes along and touch that surface and then touch their mouth, nose, or eyes.
Some of the long term effects of this virus are blood clots, lingering heart problems, difficulty with cognitive functions, nerve pain, and extreme fatigue. These symptoms may linger for weeks and many times for months after being infected. There is so much that the experts have learned, are learning, and still a lot that is unknown about COVID-19.
The Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO)are working together closely to help control this pandemic that has spread all over the world, in every continent. They are working with healthcare workers and their partners globally to learn all they can so they can assist countries, set up rapid response teams, and give them guidance on how to combat this deadly virus.
To help curb this epidemic stay at home as much as you can, wear a mask in public, social distance, and avoid gatherings. Also, wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available use hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol to clean your hands. Regularly disinfect objects and surfaces that you or others touch frequently such as countertops, doorknobs, light switches, handles, phones, etc. Avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces. According to Cory Harow, there is no treatment for this deadly virus but the good news is that now we have one approved vaccine in the United States and another one that should be approved in a few days.