What is a coronavirus?

Mar 13, 2020 | Coronavirus | 0 comments

These first months of 2020, a large outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease is happening all over the world. We’ll try to answer a few most important questions regarding coronavirus, so you can keep yourself and those around you safe and well.

What is a coronavirus?

According to WHO (World Health Organisation), this is a short description of the coronavirus family.

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

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A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans. [WHO]

What are the common signs of coronavirus infection?

Common signs of coronavirus infection include

  • respiratory symptoms,
  • fever,
  • cough,
  • shortness of breath and
  • breathing difficulties.

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In more severe cases, infection can also cause

  • pneumonia,
  • severe acute respiratory syndrome,
  • kidney failure and even
  • death.

What can I do to protect myself?

As with every virus that has ever roamed our world, you can do a lot of things to protect yourself.

We’ve gathered them in this post. (coronavirus-outbreak-basic-protective-measures-against-the-new-coronavirus)

Stress can make things worse in such conditions

People will suffer even more stress because of coronavirus outbreak as their life changes overnight. Especially older people who are already treated for some sort of pulmonary disease are the most endangered group when it comes to the new coronavirus.

Stress that people feel in such conditions will only increase the possibility of severe problems by a possible coronavirus infection, becase the overall body endurance will be diminished by stress. Because of this, you have to stay on the positive side of life.

Panic Disorder

This does not mean you don’t have to worry about the coronavirus infection. It poses very very real danger upon us, and we should do anything within our powers to limit it as soon as possible. This also involves stress control.

Stress overwhealm can cause panic attacks and anxiety, which noone really needs in time when clear thinking is needed so badly. So do whatever you can to keep your stress down as much as possible, using any of the measures you find the most appropriate and like the most, whether it’s acupressure, aromatherapy or something else.

Just remember, mass gatherings are strictly not advised in the times of a coronavirus outbreak – so soccer games, concerts and pub card games are out of the question.

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