Coronavirus – Here’s Why You Need To Stay Alert!
By Dixit Arora +2 more
By Dixit Arora +2 more
The recent outbreak of coronavirus is a cause of global concern. It is very similar to the dangerous SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) that claimed the lives of hundreds of people in China and worldwide back in 2002-2003. The coronavirus death toll in China (the epicentre of the disease) has already reached 80.
Should you be worried even if you don’t live in China or are not even travelling to that country? Yes, you still have reasons to worry! Because people who are coming into India from China – such as travellers and tourists may carry the virus.
Here are a few things you should know about coronavirus:
This virus looks like a crown and it affects humans, animals and birds alike. It spreads just like common cough and cold:
Did you know that it is difficult to tell if a person has contracted coronavirus? This is because when you get coronavirus, the symptoms are similar to that of the flu and the common cold.
Moreover, just like most cases of the flu or common cold, the symptoms disappear within a few days.
However, in some cases, the virus spreads to the lower respiratory system, which is when the infection becomes dangerous. It can trigger pneumonia.
Yes, certain risk factors make some people more vulnerable than others. People whose immunity is weak or those with heart problems as well as the elderly are more likely to contract pneumonia from coronavirus.
Now that WHO has sounded the alert for coronavirus, when you go to your doctor with the symptoms discussed earlier, your doctor will prescribe a blood test or nose and throat swab test to determine the presence of coronavirus.
There is no vaccine for coronavirus. This illness is treated with antiviral medicines that inhibit the spread of the coronavirus. If the disease progresses to pneumonia, doctors will treat it with regular pneumonia medication like Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), antibiotics, aspirin and fluids.
What can you do to minimize your risk of contracting coronavirus? Here are a few pointers:
Coronavirus is a growing menace and we should beware and stay cautious to defeat this illness. So stay alert and take the necessary precautions to protect yourself from this disease.
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Disclaimer: The above information has been prepared by a qualified medical professional and may not represent the practices followed universally. The suggestions listed in this article constitute relatively common advice given to patients and since every patient is different, you are advised to consult your physician, if in doubt, before acting upon this information. Lupin Limited has only facilitated the distribution of this information to you in the interest of patient education and welfare.