Where did this deadly virus come from?
The onset of the year 2020 has seen the world wail in agony due to the outbreak of a deadly virus that has claimed the lives of thousands globally. The virus is said to originate supposedly from Wuhan China, where an outbreak of the pneumatic disease was recorded.
COVID-19 is a short form of the word Corona Virus Disease 2019. The virus is part of the corona viruses, which are not new to medical researchers and practitioners. In the 1930s, scientists discovered a group of viruses. The viruses were known to attack poultry and birds until the 1960s when the researchers found that the viruses were mutating and could now attack human beings in the form of a common cold.
Several traces of viruses from the group were discovered since then but were not as lethal as those discovered in early December 2019 in Wuhan. Since the virus has an incubation period of approximately two weeks before the symptomatic stage, several people may have contracted the virus and unknowingly spread it all over the world through travelling.
The airborne virus is extremely infectious, which is the primary reason why it caught the world unawares. Before the nations knew that a ferocious killer is on the loose, the virus had already infiltrated into countless countries.
Who is at stake?
People with weak immune systems and those with respiration problems are the most vulnerable to this novel virus. Anyone ailing from diabetes, asthma, cancer, hypertension or any chronic illness should be the most careful when it comes to the prevention of this contagious disease. The other parties are not left out either. The awareness created will help curb the spread of the Coronavirus, and to some extent, they are protected too.
How does this virus spread?
However, that does not mean that everyone else is immune. COVID-19 attacks anyone who comes into contact with it through touching a contaminated surface and consequently touching the mouth, nose, or eyes. The virus stays on surfaces for an incredibly long time.
It survives on metal for up to 12 hours and fabric for 7 hours. Furthermore, inhaling the droplets from an infected person when the person laughs, speaks, sneezes, or coughs also causes infection. Owing to this phenomenon, social distancing is paramount in containing the virus.
Quarantine has also proved to be an effective method in the prevention of the spread of the Corona Virus. Isolation of the sick and those that are assumed to have been in contact with the virus has gone a long way in flattening the infection curve.
What are the symptoms?
If at all an individual contracts the disease, they will experience fever, a dry cough and the need to rest or sleep. Other symptoms that have been encountered previously by patients include sore throat at the beginning of the symptomatic stage, nasal congestions, headaches and body aches.
Shortness of breath and chest pains have been associated with further development of the disease, and at this stage, death is imminent if the victim fails to seek medical attention. These latter symptoms are as a result of fibrosis developing in the lungs, characterized by failing alveoli and watery lungs.
A simple COVID-19 test and preventive measure
How can someone know if they have the virus? Upon waking in the morning, inhale your biggest gasp of air and hold it for around ten seconds. If you can do that without any problem, then you are safe, and if not, you can consider going for a test.
Even so, if you had a prevalent respiratory condition, this may not be a satisfactory test to determine whether you have the virus or not. The virus does not withstand high temperatures like 40 degrees Celsius and beyond. Drinking hot lemon water in the morning may kill the virus when it is in the throat before it causes havoc.
There still is hope
With this scary situation at hand, several feel that there is no hope. The lockdowns and cessations of movement in many countries have detrimentally affected the lives of millions of people globally. Economies have slackened, and thousands rendered jobless. But amid the turmoil and great discouragement, there is hope.
Joining forces to follow the directives and preventive measures will make us emerge winners at the end. We cannot let a virus wipe out our dignity, our loved ones, our culture, and our lives. We have to fight and be strong because together, we can pulverize the disease and get our freedom back.
Let us stay home. If at all you have to go to the public, wear a face mask at all times. It does not guarantee full protection from the virus, but at least it helps contain the virus.
Here’s the reason why you need a face mask even though its made of cloth (not surgical)
When someone with the disease sneezes or coughs into the face mask, most of the expunged particles are contained in the mask. Similarly, the chances of inhaling the virus from the air are reduced if you have your face mask on. However, if you are going into a possibly highly contaminated area, a surgical mask or N95 mask is recommended.
It is also recommended that you wash your hands frequently and minimize touching your face; so that if you happen to come to contact with the virus, it will not get to infect you.
A simple hand wash with soap exterminates the virus immediately. Finally, keep social distancing of at least one meter (three feet) and avoid crowded areas.