First identified in the 1960s, corona virus is a common virus that primarily infects the nose, upper throat and sinuses. While most aren’t dangerous, some strains have been reported to be severe. The virus derives its name from its crown-like shape.
Most corona viruses spread like other viruses – through sneezing, coughing, coming into contact with the infected people, or touching everyday objects, like a doorknob, that may already be infected. While outlook for most people infected with the virus is good, certain strains like MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) and SARS are more severe.
The outbreak that seems to have started in Wuhan (China) in 2019 has claimed over 3000+ lives and infected more than 90000.
Most corona viruses spawn symptoms that are akin to other upper respiratory tract infections, including a runny nose, sneezing, wheezing, coughing, strep throat, headache, lethargy and a general feeling of being unwell. Since corona virus symptoms are usually identical, diagnosis can be difficult for you might think that you have been infected with rhinovirus and not corona virus.
That being said, a corona virus infection can turn severe and result in pneumonia or bronchitis should it affect your lower respiratory tract, including your lungs and windpipe. The severity is all the more for older adults with compromised immunity and people afflicted with cardiopulmonary diseases.
Vaccination is not available for corona virus. However, you can prevent this virus by taking a few simple measures:
Indian citizens are further advised to refrain from non-essential travel to the following countries:
If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider immediately. Share your recent travel history with them.
Experts emphasize there isn’t a specific course of treatment to resolve a corona virus infection, considering a particular kind of virus causes it. Therefore, one must heed the general advice as that can help to strengthen your immune system and take the standard precautionary measures. Stay Safe!