The Truth about the Coronavirus

The coronavirus is a virus that is often found in animals, and has now been detected in humans. The symptoms of the coronavirus are similar to those of the common cold, but can also result in pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses.

The World Health Organization has declared this virus a global public health emergency. Scientists have not yet determined how humans contract the coronavirus or if it can be transmitted from person to person through close contact with an infected individual.

The coronavirus is spread when an infected individual coughs or sneezes. Those who care for the sick and clean contaminated areas are most at risk of contracting the virus. Regular hand washing with soap and water helps prevent transmission of this virus. People in close contact with those who have already contracted the virus should practice good hygiene, such as regularly washing their hands, to prevent as well as possible.

The Covid was first found in September of 2012 and is named after the crown like appearance that can be seen under a magnifying instrument with an electron-thick stain. The coronavirus has been found in bats and humans, but scientists cannot determine yet where the virus normally resides. There have been a total of 41 cases confirmed since September 2012, with 18 deaths as a result. Some of the first cases were reported from Saudi Arabia and Jordan. The United Kingdom has also had two confirmed cases so far, one being from someone who had recently traveled to Pakistan and had close contact with camels as well as another individual who had recently visited Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Qatar.

The coronavirus has spread to France, Germany, Italy, Tunisia and the United States. The status of the virus in the United States is currently unknown at this time. There are no known cases in Canada or Mexico at this moment.

People who have become ill with the coronavirus may first start off with symptoms similar to the common cold, but should be monitored closely by their doctors. If any of the following symptoms are present for more than two weeks it may be advisable to see a doctor:

Fever Cough Shortness of breath Difficulty breathing Wheezing Diarrhea Muscle pain Fatigue

Some people who have contracted the coronavirus and have survived may still need to take antibiotics in order for them to fully recover. The fatality rate for this virus is currently much lower than it was in September of 2012, when nearly half of all known cases resulted in death. Scientists believe that this reduction coincides with better hospital care and early detection methods.

Scientists are still trying to determine if any treatment is effective against the coronavirus. Scientists are currently focusing on developing vaccines in order to prevent future outbreaks, but do not yet have a confirmed vaccine for this virus.