Coronavirus 2019-nCoV: what’re the symptoms and real risks?

by Sobia Tehseen
Coronavirus 2019-nCoV: what’re the symptoms and real risks?

This virus from China, Wuhan city, is causing panic. Millions of people are in quarantine. Review of this Coronavirus 2019-nCoV, what are the symptoms, the means of transmission, the treatments, and advice. Our experts take up the subject.

Coronavirus is previously unfamiliar to science. It is causing Pleurisy (severe lung ailment) in China. It is also discovered in various other countries.

774 people are known to have died from November due to the new virus. It seems in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

The arrival of this new virus, which infects patients’ lungs, remains a source of concern, and health officials around the world are on high alert.

What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are part of a family of viruses that can cause a wide range of diseases. In humans, these diseases range from the common cold to severe forms — for instance, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

The Coronavirus detected in the patient hospitalized in Douai is called “new coronavirus (NCoV).” It is a new strain identified in 2012.

Most of the cases stayed, before the onset of symptoms, in one of the countries of the Arabian Peninsula or neighboring countries. This geographic area is, therefore, more particularly faced with this risk.

The Chinese Coronavirus: what origin?

It should first be noted that this is not the first time that a coronavirus has caused death. In 2002-2003 SARS had caused many deaths, and in 2015, the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus transmitted from camel to man then from man to man had spread widely and had caused 640 deaths or 36% of dead on the number of infected.

The Coronavirus from a Wuhan food market may have originated, although it remains to be confirmed, from wild meat from a snake. This animal would be a reservoir for coronaviruses like the bat. Wuhan City and the affected market have been placed in isolation to prevent the spread of the virus. However, other countries, such as Japan and Korea, have confirmed cases of infected individuals. Since the beginning of the epidemic, several cities in China have been quarantined. The Chinese New Year festivities have been canceled in the cities most affected because the virus transmits from man to man. Therefore, it is recommended to wear a mask.

What’re the symptoms?

In the early report, some non-respiratory symptoms are also diagnoses, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhoea. Some patients get well within a few days. However, the people who’ve weakened immune system may develop a severe infection such as diarrhoea or pneumonia. The other symptoms of new Coronavirus include:

Severe acute respiratory infection with fever,

  • Persistent Cough,
  • Sore throat,
  • Stuffy nose,
  • Cardiac complication,
  • Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.
  • Several patients have also developed acute renal failure, or other visceral disorders (pericarditis, etc.).

How do you get this Coronavirus?

The vast majority of cases contracted the virus during a trip to the Arabian Peninsula, without identifying the source.

How do I know if I have potential contamination?

The risk of contamination exists in two cases: either you have been in contact with a person affected, or you have traveled to the Arabian Peninsula. Further, you’re at high risk if you present in the days which follow respiratory symptoms and fever.

If you find yourself in one of these situations, contact your doctor as soon as possible.

What if I just stayed in the Arabian Peninsula?

If you’re healthy, there is no reason to worry. If, in the days following your return, you present fever and respiratory symptoms, consult your doctor by reporting this trip.

How serious is the situation?

In December, Forty-one people died from the virus. However, if you find the relationship between deaths and known cases seems low, the numbers are not reliable.

But the Coronavirus infection seems to take a long time to kill, so more of these patients can still die.

And the number of unreported Coronavirus cases are not precise.

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