Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should I see a doctor?

Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should I see a doctor?

Amid the coronavirus scare, several misconceptions about the deadly disease are doing the rounds on the internet. These forwarded texts claim that the virus can not survive heat and hence won't spread much in areas that are not typically cold.

What is the coronavirus and what are its symptoms? The immune system response can also trigger fever and cause muscle or body aches.

What is the novel coronavirus? .

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough or shortness of breath.

As of March 3, there are more than 90,000 cases of COVID-29 worldwide with a mortality rate of 3.4 percent - much lower than the 9.6 percent for SARS and 34 percent for MERS.

Where do Coronaviruses come from?

Your local public health department and community partners have been preparing for an event like Covid-19 and have plans in place. How humans acquired this virus is not confirmed as yet.

Self quarantine - Self quarantine involves staying at home for 14 days and avoiding contact with other people or animals.

Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. There it can spread from one animal to another and it is possible to spread it even to humans. Hence, hand hygiene is a very essential component of preventing the infection.

Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

The flu normally only lasts a couple weeks, and you will feel yourself getting better.

Fact: Neither alcohol nor chlorine can kill a virus that has already entered the body.

Being monitored does not indicate these people are ill or may become ill; it simply means they had a risk factor for potential exposure through travel or exposure to others who have recently traveled.

"The virus may be novel, but you really don't need to buy anything new or special to brace for it", The Washington Post reported this week after talking to epidemiological experts.

Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses with similar symptoms, but they are caused by different viruses. In more serious cases, those infected can experience trouble breathing. More rarely, the disease can be fatal. In 2002, Sars infected over 8,000 people and killing more than 750.

Myth: Coronavirus can be transmitted through mosquito bite!

"Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease". If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. However, what really makes a difference is the time it takes for the symptoms to appear in certain cases.

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