You’ve heard that a new virus, known as the coronavirus, started in China and spread to thousands of people – including China and the U.S. – causing over 100 deaths. It’s natural to be concerned about a virus like this, as it brings about uncertainty and fear. The real question here is: “How dangerous is coronavirus?”
First, check out some news footage from major networks to get some insight into what’s happening, how many people are infected, and what the U.S. is doing to prevent further outbreak:
How dangerous is coronavirus?
What you may not know is that the coronavirus presents itself as a normal cold or flu; however, it’s taken the lives of over 100 people who had the virus. According to the American Society for Microbiology, the virus has the ability to cause respiratory failure, but only if the patient has SARS-CoV (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus).
So how do you know if you have coronavirus?
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Difficulty breathing
If you have a fever, make sure to seek medical treatment immediately from a healthcare professional. Here are a few other things you can do:
What is the treatment for coronavirus?
Currently, there’s no immunization for the virus, but there are people actively seeking one. As a matter of fact, scientists in Australia were able to replicate the virus in a lab. Watch the video below to learn more:
Although there’s no actual cure, here are a few things you can do to relieve symptoms and also keep the public safe:
- Take pain and fever medications
- Hot showers and steam from boiling water to help with cough and sore throat
- Hot tea
- Drink plenty of water and other fluids such as Vitamin C
- Seek medical treatment
- Stay at home to keep others from getting sick
- Stay away from friends, family, and coworkers who show these symptoms
Origin of coronavirus
The virus started in Wuhan, China where it’s believed to have originated in a seafood market. Because of this, many believe that it began in animals and transferred over to humans, but it has since traveled from person-to-person.
Americans in Wuhan were evacuated – though not all – as to prevent them from becoming infected. The CDC has dispersed workers at various airports in major cities like Atlanta, NY, and L.A. to screen passengers coming in from Wuhan. This is obviously great news and means that we are actively keeping the U.S. from an emergency.
Remember, if you suspect that you might have the coronavirus, reach out to a medical professional for treatment and care.