Cold, cough, flu and now the Coronavirus

I know it seems scary to hear about a new virus and the media is certainly hyper sensitive to the topic.  But, we’re learning more and more that it can be a serious illness for some, it is not for most healthy individuals.

So what is the Coronavirus?

This strain of the coronavirus is called covid-19.  It is new to humans, although previously, it lived in animals.  There are other strains of coronavirus that exist around the world and cause certain common colds with familiar symptoms like a runny nose, headache, cough and fever.  

What are the Coronavirus Symptoms?

The systems due mimic a cold, with fever and cough.  Experts suggest that if you do have these symptoms, to call ahead to the Doctor’s office or Emergency Room and where a face mask.  Experts say that exposure to the virus can be up to 2 to 14 days before any symptoms appear.

How to Avoid Getting Infected

We don’t have a vaccine yet to protect against this strain of the coronavirus.

So for now, follow the same good hygiene habits you use to avoid catching the common cold:

  • Wash your hands
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Stay home when you’re sick
  • Clean handrails, doorknobs and toys
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

What happens if you get sick ?

“Scientists don’t have all the answers about this strain of the coronavirus as of yet.  While most of those who have died had underlying health issues, some people didn’t.  No antiviral treatment exists to cure this strain of the coronavirus, although supportive care does help.” – UVAHEATH.

*Credit of facts can be found at: www.uvahealth.com