How to Prevent Corona Virus (Covid-19)

how to prevent corona virus

No matter how advanced our society is right now, there are still a number of things that can bring us to a halt. The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is proof of this as it has brought in a pandemic that made a third of the world’s population hunker down inside their homes to prevent its further spread.

What is the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)?

COVID-19 is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the latest infectious diseases brought in by the coronavirus. This virus comes in different forms of types which causes different kinds of illnesses, ranging from the common cold to more serious conditions like the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and the MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus). There are also other human coronavirus diseases identified like the Coronavirus OC43 and Coronavirus 229E.

Due to its newness, the statistics of this disease is not yet fully confirmed. However, experts are confident that the majority of the patients who’ll get infected will survive the disease. It is, however, fatal to some.

What makes it trickier, is that, again, due to its novelty, there is no treatment for the coronavirus disease yet. It’s also very easily spread so it can affect a large portion of the population. Coronavirus transmission happens rather easily as it’s spread by the droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. So every time an infected person coughs or sneezes, the virus can be released from the body then stick on surfaces or get transferred to someone else in close proximity.

What the Coronavirus Does to the Body

CoVID-19 manifests itself in different manners. Some people only experience mild symptoms that are similar to the flu. Others develop serious lung complications like pneumonia and even acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). These are the most common causes of fatalities.

There are also cases that do not show any symptoms at all. They are called asymptomatic cases who can carry and spread the virus around even without realizing that they have the disease.

Coronavirus Symptoms

According to WHO, these are the most common symptoms of the coronavirus:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Fatigue

Additional symptoms are also being identified by experts from all over the globe including the following:

  • Body aches and pains
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Nasal congestion
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Loss of taste and smell
  • Skin rash
  • Discoloration of the toes or fingers
  • There are also some serious symptoms:
  • Chest pains
  • Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
  • Loss of speech or movement

Infected individuals usually start showing symptoms of the disease within 5 to 6 days. The duration of the disease varies, however. Some people get better within a weak or two while others take a month or two to get in better shape.

Prevent from Coronavirus

Since a coronavirus vaccine is still being researched, developed, and tested, buffing yourself up against this virus isn’t completely possible yet. Experts are also still searching for a possible treatment for the virus itself, so a definitive cure is also unavailable as of the moment. There are high hopes for both, however, since many scientists are already working on the case.

This is why preventing the spread and contraction of the virus is very important right now. To do this, it’s important to understand how the disease spreads in order to prevent more infections.

As mentioned above, it’s quite easy how to spread the coronavirus. All an infected person needs to do is to spread droplets through their coughing, sneezing, and nasal discharge. The virus can then cling onto the skin and surfaces or even enter another person’s body through inhalation.

So to avoid all of these, here are the steps recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  1. ​​​​​​​​Wash your hands frequently. Doing so will help kill the virus that is on your hands and will prevent its further spread.
  2. ​​​​Practice social distancing. This will minimize the risk of a person to person transmission of droplets.
  3. Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, as well as when you’re around other people. This is a two-way prevention method as it will not just help prevent the spread of the disease in case you’re already infected but it will also minimize the chances of droplets getting into your mouth or nose when you’re in close proximity to someone else.
  4. Clean and disinfect. Since the virus can cling on to surfaces, it’s important to regularly disinfect the things that different people can touch. Surfaces and objects should be cleaned and disinfected.

Aside from these expert recommendations, there are a few more steps that can also help you protect yourself from the coronavirus:

  • Stay informed. Arm yourself with science-backed information about the disease. Since it’s a new ailment, experts are uncovering additional details about it regularly so keep yourself updated. Read up, listen to your health department’s Q/A sessions, and watching investigative reports on the topic can be of great help to you.
  • Boost your immune system. Your immune system is your line of defense against any viral infection so make sure to strengthen it.
  • This new coronavirus has already and will further change life as we know it so it’s just better to be ready to face it with ample knowledge and precaution. Keep yourself updated and practice the recommended steps to prevent the contraction of the disease and you’ll have more confidence in handling your regular day to day life.

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