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What is Coronavirus: Know the Symptoms, Prevention, and Treatment

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What is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals. In rare cases, they are what scientists call zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Who is at risk most for Coronavirus

It is a dangerous disease with an incubation period between 4-6 days. It is fatal especially for those with a weakened immune system, the elderly and the very young. It could also result in Pneumonia and bronchitis.

 

How Coronavirus spreads

Viruses can spread from human contact with animals and also from human to human.

When it comes to human-to-human transmission of the viruses, often it happens when someone comes into contact with the infected person’s secretions. The exposure factors are;

  • a cough
  • sneeze or
  • handshake

The virus can also be transmitted by touching something an infected person has touched and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.

 

Signs and Symptoms

The virus can make people sick. Coronavirus symptoms include;

  1. fever
  2. a runny nose
  3. cough
  4. sore throat
  5. possibly a headache

 

Prevention

There is no vaccine to protect against this family of viruses yet. Reduce your risk of infection by;

  • Washing your hands with soap and water before touching anything including your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Disinfecting the objects and surfaces you touch.
  • If you are sick, stay home and avoid crowds and contact with others.

 

Treatment

  • There is no specific treatment. Most of the time, symptoms will go away on their own.
  • Doctors can relieve symptoms by prescribing pain or fever medication.
  • A room humidifier or a hot shower can help with a sore throat or cough.
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Get rest and sleep as much as possible.
  • If symptoms feel worse than a standard cold, see your doctor

 


Sourced from: Disease Surveillance Dept. of Ghana Health Service

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