WHO has called for a global emergency for the coronavirus infection as there is a rapid spread of the virus across the globe. The coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has originated and spread from Wuhan, China.
The local authorities are taking all the possible necessary measures to control and the global community has come forward to develop strategies to control the spread and develop a treatment for the infection.
The Spread of Coronavirus:
There has been an increased threat of the spread of the deadly novel form of the coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
The virus is spread through nasal liquid like other respiratory infections through coughing and sneezing.
It releases infected saliva and mucus in the surrounding that can travel up to a certain distance.
As per WHO the incubation period of the coronavirus is between 2 to 10 days. Patients can be asymptomatic and can even transmit the infection in that stage.
Symptoms of Corona Virus (2019-nCoV):
Fever, cough, sore throat, chills, and muscle soreness are the symptoms of coronavirus infection.
The respiratory symptoms can be severe and can lead to shortness of breath with respiratory distress.
People who had traveled to China and have these symptoms should be monitored and evaluated.
What is the Origin of Coronavirus:
Coronavirus is known to affect mammals. The main culprit for the recent China outbreak seems to be bats.
The genetic sequence of the virus closely matches with bats. Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Lancet medical journal states bats were the initial hosts for the viruses.
Bats had also been previously associated with the other deadly viral outbreaks of Marburg, Nipah, and Hendra.
Is there Any Cure for the Recent China Coronavirus Outbreak?
There is no treatment for the 2019-nCoV infection. People who have produced the symptoms of the disease will be given medicines for symptomatic treatment.
If people who have been in the epidemic area or have been in contact with the infected person then seek immediate medical help.
Garlic Cure Coronavirus:
Garlic has antiviral properties and is widely used to prevent and treat the common cold.
New information has emerged in the market that states garlic is effective in treating coronavirus infection.
8 cloves of chopped garlic in 7 cups of water are boiled and the fresh extract is used.
Fact Check: There is no scientific evidence that Garlic Cure Coronavirus
There is no vaccine for the coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Scientists are working to analyze the viral structure and develop the vaccine for it and this will take some time.
The current strategy is to prevent contact with the disease.
Is the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) a Matter of Concern?
There is no cure for the treatment of disease and only preventive measures can be taken.
The virus may or may not produce the symptoms of the disease and it affects the respiratory system and causes severe acute respiratory infection.
Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) can lead to the death of the individual and can spread to other individuals.
Preventive Measures for Coronavirus:
Travel advise to prevent coronavirus (2019-nCoV):
If you have been to a foreign country and have symptoms of cold, seek immediate medical attention. Share your travel history with the doctor.
A piece of important advice for all travelers is to wash hands frequently with an alcohol-based sanitizer.
Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth as the chances of the spread of infection are higher.
Avoid contact with people who are suffering from cold and fever. One has to take measures to avoid the spread of the infection, hence we should use tissues while coughing and sneezing and discard the same.
Put-on masks and cover your nose and mouth completely, discard the mask after use.
Prevent Spread of Infection to Home:
When going to the market avoid contact with stray animals, animal waste, spoiled meat, etc. wash your hands immediately after touching animals or animal products and do not touch eyes, nose, and mouth.
If you work in the markets, wear protective clothing (gowns and masks) while handling animal products.
Wash your protective clothes daily and leave the dirty clothing at the worksite only. Also, disinfect all the equipment and machinery to stay protected.
Precautionary Measures at Home:
It is a zoonotic infection and is likely to be transferred from animals, transmission through mosquitoes, other insects, or even mammals, is possible.
How to differentiate between Coronavirus and flu Symptoms?
Both flu and coronaviruses have similar symptoms cough, fever, and shortness of breath and body aches.
Flu symptoms are intense and severe than cold whereas human coronaviruses cause mild-to-moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses.
Coronaviruses produce intense symptoms that can lead to pneumonia. The flu can be prevented by taking regular vaccines as advised, whereas there is no cure for the prevention or treatment of coronavirus infection (2019-nCoV).
How can you Detect the Coronavirus in Humans?
Your doctor may advise you to undergo blood tests to confirm the presence of coronavirus.
Respiratory secretions and throat swabs are also taken to confirm the diagnosis.
Do inform your doctor about travel history and suspected contact with an infected person to allow early diagnosis and treatment.