The coronavirus is part of a family of viruses that can affect animals and humans. The strain of the coronavirus that has been spreading across the world causes the disease COVID-19. Previously, this virus and disease were unknown to scientists, which is why no effective vaccine has been developed yet. Symptoms: A couple symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever and a dry cough. The majority of diagnosed cases recover without need for medical treatment. However, immunocompromised individuals, and especially the elderly, are at serious risk for complications with their illness. This is why it is extremely important to stay home if you are not feeling well (unless medical attention is required) and practice proper hygiene. Incubation: Also, the incubation period (time between contracting the virus and showing symptoms) for COVID-19 is on average 1-14 days. So if you feel like you have been exposed to someone with the virus, self-quarantine yourself to reduce the chance of spreading the virus to others.
How it spreads:
The virus spreads through droplets from the nose and mouth of a person who has COVID-19. These droplets can stick to surfaces and even stay in the air. Other people can contract the virus by coming in contact with these contaminated surfaces and then touching their nose, mouth, or eyes. Even breathing in the air of a person with COVID-19 can transmit the virus. Asymptomatic Hosts: However, there have been many cases where the patient is asymptomatic, meaning the person has the disease without showing any symptoms. This can be dangerous because if a person who is not showing symptoms goes to a crowded area, suddenly many people are now at risk of being infected without even knowing. For this reason, social distancing is extremely important.
There are a few things that the WHO (World Health Organization) and CDC (Center for Disease Control) have identified that can help minimize the spread of the disease:
Wash your hands: Wash your hands for at least 30 seconds with soap and warm water
Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, or mouth. Cover your mouth with your elbow when you cough/sneeze.
Social distancing: Avoid public places and minimize contact with others. Only leave the house for essentials (such as groceries). If you are feeling unwell (with fever and dry cough), call your doctor from ahead and then get medical attention. This is one of the best ways to make sure the disease does not spread to others.
Keep at least 6 feet distance between you and someone who may be coughing/sick.
Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces
Please wear masks in public places, such as grocery stores! It is incredibly important to wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. A face mask, even those made of fabric, can help decrease the risk of contaminating frequently accessed surfaces.
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