The coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing global disease outbreak caused by SARS-CoV-19, also known as COVID-19 or the Coronavirus. This article shares useful information on the pandemic and offers advice on the best products to keep you and your loved ones.
What is a coronavirus?
A coronavirus is a common kind of virus that attacks the nose, sinuses, and upper throat. Most coronaviruses are not life-threatening. Coronaviruses were first identified in the 1960s, but their exact origin remains unknown. Their name comes from their crown-like appearance. Sometimes, though it’s not common, a coronavirus will infect both human beings and animals.
Coronaviruses spread like other flu-causing pathogens: through airborne particles released when infected people sneeze or cough, and by physical contact with an infected face and hands, or through physical contact with contaminated surfaces such as doorknobs and elevator panels.
This may come as a surprise, but almost everyone gets a coronavirus infection at least once in their lives, and it mostly occurs while they are children. Except for a few particularly lethal strains, these illnesses are manageable.
Toward the end of 2019, a pneumonia outbreak was reported in Wuhan, China. The outbreak was attributed to a new strain of coronavirus, christened 2019-nCoV by the world health organization, and later renamed SARS-cov-2 by an international committee of taxonomists. Some researchers have opined that the seafood wholesale market in Wuhan may not be the origin of human viral transmission. As of March 2020, the virus has caused a minimum of 14,717 confirmed deaths and more than 339,645 confirmed cases.
Coronavirus patients experience a range of symptoms, most of them similar to other upper respiratory infections. They include coughing, a runny nose, sore throat, and sometimes a fever. In many cases, you won’t realize you have a coronavirus or a different virus that causes flu-like symptoms. You could take a lab test, including nose and throat swabs and blood analysis, to determine whether the symptoms are the result of coronavirus infection. This often isn’t necessary for most people, since the symptoms will go away in a few days.
If the infection travels to the lower respiratory system (the lungs and trachea), however, it can lead to pneumonia, a particularly dangerous condition for people with heart disease and weakened immunity.
What to do about the virus. There isn’t a cure or vaccine for Covid-19. To avoid catching the infection, follow the same procedures for the common cold.
- You should regularly wash your hands with warm water and soap or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizing agent.
- Keep your fingers and hands away from your nose, eyes, and mouth
- Practice social distancing
- Avoid shaking hands
- cuddling, etcetera