Health: Here Is What You Need To Know About The Coronavirus And How To Protect Yourself

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If you are like most people who ignore colds and flu and just wait for them to end naturally, I’m here to give you a reason to take them more seriously. Ignoring these symptoms and taking them with a pinch of salt may end up doing you more harm than good. Now everybody is concerned about the Coronavirus.

The WHO defines Coronaviruses as are a group of viruses that cause illnesses from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)  to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Here’s how it works. The virus enters through the nose or mouth. It then finds a host cell in the respiratory system. The host cell then bursts and infects other cells nearby. Most victims of the virus end up dying from pneumonia and swelling in the lungs.

The symptoms of coronavirus are quite common and one may confuse them for a simple infection. They include runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever, chest pain, congestion and shortness of breath. Therefore if you have travelled to high-risk areas recently or have been in contact with someone who was recently unwell, you may have reason to be worried.  Here is the story of the virus – As New Coronavirus Spread, China’s Old Habits Delayed Fight.

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With the increase in Chinese relations with Africa as a continent, one can’t help but wonder just how much we are at risk of contracting the illness. This can be linked to the constant movement of goods and people between the countries. Coronavirus is raising concern. Is the response to Coronavirus enough?

Although there is no cure as such, you treat a coronavirus infection the same way you treat a cold. Get plenty of rest and drink fluids. You should also take over the counter medicine for a sore throat and fever. A humidifier can also help to ease a sore or scratchy throat.

Here are a few ways you can prevent the contraction of Coronavirus.

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly and often for at least 20 seconds.
  2. Avoid touching your hands, nose, mouth and eyes with unwashed hands.
  3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  4. Seek early medical help in good time if you start to experience these symptoms.
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