The coronavirus is a virus that has been in the news lately, and for good reason. It’s deadly, it’s highly contagious, and you probably didn’t know much about it before now. But don’t worry! We’ve got your back with everything you need to know right here: what the virus does, how we found out about it, what symptoms to look out for and when to go see a doctor.
The coronavirus is a virus that is in the same family as some other big name viruses, like SARS and the common cold. The coronavirus is thought to have originated in bats, although it only affects mammals. A new strain of known origin was identified by researchers at Erasmus University Medical Centre in the Netherlands in May of 2012. This strain, named HCoV-EMC, was identified by searching for new strains of coronaviruses that were not known to be linked to any disease. Researchers then found that this new virus was killing people with weakened immune systems who had been treated with bone marrow transplants.
Although it is thought to have originated in bats, the coronavirus now moves between species by direct contact. You can get it from other humans or animals that are already carriers. The virus can be passed through respiratory secretions (saliva, snot etc.) so if you don’t take precautions you could easily catch it. Plus, the virus is resistant to many common disinfectants which means that you can’t really avoid it. It’s too hard to tell if someone has the coronavirus just by looking at them (the only way to know right now is for health care providers to take samples) so you need to be careful around everyone and everything.
Symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough, shortness of breath and diarrhea. Unlike other viruses, however, coronavirus can also cause kidney failure. It’s an equal opportunity infector- it can affect anyone at any age! Although you may think that your common cold would be less dangerous than the coronavirus, you would be wrong. For one thing, this virus also causes pneumonia and septic shock (a serious condition that happens when your blood pressure drops to dangerously low levels). Twenty-two people were killed by the coronavirus in a matter of months after it was identified.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of coronavirus, you should immediately go see a doctor. The virus can be fatal if it is not treated in time so don’t take any risks! To ensure that your kidneys are working properly or if they have been damaged by the coronavirus, your doctor might suggest checking out some 24 hour ultrafiltration centers. These centers can provide you with a solution that is similar to dialysis and will help your kidneys work properly again. Even if you do not have coronavirus, it is a good idea to keep hydrated at all times.
This virus does not have a vaccine yet so the best way to avoid it is to practice good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently, don’t share food or drinks with others and try not to touch surfaces that other people have touched. If you still do contract the coronavirus, however, know that there are steps you can take to reduce its severity. Don’t wait- go see a doctor as soon as you can.