Don't Panic It's Just COVID-19
After the many unfortunate deaths caused by the coronavirus, the world has never been the same, the virus is also known as COVID-19 a name that was given to the virus by CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a United States government public health agency)
Let’s start by breaking it down bit by bit!
What do we mean when we say "Virus"?
Generally, the word virus is used to describe an infective agent that typically consists of a nucleic acid molecule in a protein coat, is too small to be seen by light microscopy, and is able to multiply only within the living cells of a host.
All it takes is one cough and you will be definitely asking yourself, is it just flu or am I infected? what makes the coronavirus and flu similar or different?
Coronavirus VS Flu
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and sometimes the lungs. Older people, young children and people with certain chronic conditions (asthma, heart disease, diabetes, among others) are at increased risk for serious complications, including pneumonia. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine every year.
Human coronaviruses are common throughout the world. The most recent coronavirus, 2019 Novel Coronavirus, was first identified in Wuhan, China and is associated with mild-to-severe respiratory illness with fever and cough.
How it spreads:
Just like Flu, Coronaviruses can be transmitted between humans through respiratory droplets that the infected people expel when they breathe, cough or sneeze.
How to know to wither if it’s corona or just common flu
Flu viruses (A and B Influenza viruses) & 2019-nCoV are contagious viruses that cause respiratory illness. The diagnosis depends on the severity of the symptoms and their duration.
Typical flu symptoms include:
• Sore throat
• Muscle aches
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Sometimes vomiting and diarrhea,
According to the CDC. Flu symptoms often come on suddenly. Most people who get the flu will recover in less than two weeks.
For confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death.
Coronavirus Symptoms can include:
• Shortness of breath
It's important to note that, because respiratory viruses cause similar symptoms, it can be difficult to distinguish different respiratory viruses based on symptoms alone, according to WHO.
So should you go to the doctor if you have a cough?
Medical specialists are advising anyone who has traveled to the UAE from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last month and who is experiencing a cough or fever or shortness of breath to stay indoors and call 998/999, even if symptoms are mild.
Here is what you can do about the coronavirus
You can protect yourself and your loved ones by following these tips:
• Avoid close physical contact with sick people.
• Try not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Be a responsible patient if you feel sick don’t leave your house or interact with people without taking precautions.
• When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth then throw the tissue in a closed trash-bin.
• Ensure the cleanness of the touched objects; make sure you constantly keep the surfaces & objects sanitized.
Will wearing a surgical facemask be an efficient preventive measure?
Since the breakout of the virus, we have seen people wearing the typical surgical mask. although it cannot block out the viral particles contained in these droplets, but simple measures — such as the mentioned above procedures — can greatly lower your risk of infection.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
There are no available treatments for any human coronavirus. That doesn’t mean that it is not curable!
According to CDC & Livescience.com, those who catch common coronavirus usually recover on their own and can ease the process by taking pain and fever medications, using a humidifier, taking hot showers, drinking plenty of fluids and staying home to rest. Similar regimens are used to relieve the symptoms of more severe coronavirus infections.
When to seek medical advice?
Better safe than sorry! Therefore,
Once you have felt the symptoms you or your loved ones should seek medical advice and visit the nearest hospital or medical center.
We understand how troubling it can be for you if you have suspected that you or a loved one is infected but, keep in mind that you will not be able to help either yourself or anyone else if you were freaking out. We are here to help, check our list of nearby hospitals or book your appointment with a doctor from here.
Read more on why the governments are quarantining their people here: Why the governments are quarantining their people?
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