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Second Medic Health Care Update :: Corona virus


What is Corona Virus? Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases.

What is Corona Virus?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases.

How can it affect you?

Coronavirus is the cause of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.

These viruses cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Can Corona virus infection spread from person to person who do not show any sign of illness?

According to recent reports, it may possible that people infected with Corona virus may be infectious before showing significant symptoms. However, based on currently available data, the people who have symptoms are causing the majority of virus spread.

Can Corona virus spread through animals?

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. According to New York Times the coronavirus that has spread from Wuhan has been linked to the sale of live wildlife at a market that experts describe as a perfect incubator for novel pathogens.

How can you protect yourself?

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

Can I take antibiotics for this disease?

The coronavirus is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment.

Is there any specific medicine to protect or treat from Corona virus?

To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the novel coronavirus. However, those infected with 2019-nCoV should receive appropriate care to relieve and treat symptoms, and those with severe illness should receive optimized supportive care.

In any case, if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing please seek medical care early to reduce the risk of developing a more severe infection and be sure to share your recent travel history with your health care provider.

(Second Medic content is based on information provided by the WHO)