The global health crisis hits the world in the shape of a novel coronavirus in the start of 2020. The disease spreads so rapidly and widely that every country is under its attack. It paralyzes the whole system and creates a lockdown situation all over the world. The Center for Global Health has already declared a global health emergency in many countries.
Doctors are working on developing the coronavirus vaccines and it takes time. The treatment for the disease has not yet come.
People have many questions about coronavirus in mind about the disease. This article will address some most common out of then.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a family of viruses that are of many different kinds. Some of them cause disease and others only show minor illness and don’t need hospitalization.
SARS-CoV-2 causes COVID 19 pandemic, the virus from the coronavirus family. It causes respiratory complications and it already hit worldwide. Most of the patients suffering from the disease easily recover from it without any need for hospitalization. However, older patients and people with previous medical issues develop serious illness. This may cause death in many cases.
The key symptoms of the disease are cough, fever, shortness of breath, body aches, loss of smell, etc.
How Many Cases of Coronavirus Till Today?
There are 13.2 million cases of coronavirus up till now and the number is increasing every day. More than 7.7 million have been recovered from the disease. The deaths number has risen to 0.574million.
The daily numbers are increasing at much speed than before. However, the daily death count shows a decreasing trend. This may be because of some herd immunity developing in the people of many countries. Although it is too early to confirm this immunity thing, it seems like something good is happening.
Take an example of the USA, daily cases in April remained in between 20-35K and daily deaths were between 1500-2800. Now for July, the daily cases are from 50-73K while deaths decrease to the range of 200-1000.
Is the Coronavirus Airborne?
At the start of the pandemic COVID 19, it is considered to be airborne. But with time this opinion got changed and the World Health Organization WHO also negate its ability to transmit through air.
After more than a couple of months, converging opinions are started coming from scientists. They think and observe it to be airborne. It can transmit from a patient’s mouth when he/she exhale air. Now the doctors show concern about its transmission route. If this is true, it is alarming and we have to mend the ways to protect ourselves. It means if it is airborne we are fighting in the wrong way.
How Long After Exposure to Coronavirus are you Contagious?
The period from exposure to becoming contagious vary from person to person. It may depend upon the immunity level of the exposed person. Some people show symptoms and others may not.
Those who show symptoms can take 5-6 days and some of them may take 14 days to develop symptoms. The observation is that many of them may transmit the virus before showing the symptoms. They are those who show corona positive before showing the symptoms.
However, there is no such case with no symptoms and have transmitted the virus. It means if your immune system is strong enough to fight the virus without feeling ill, you may not transfer the virus.
What is the Incubation Period of the Coronavirus Disease?
The incubation period refers to the time of exposure to the virus and the start of symptoms. It varies from 1-14 days with the most common time of 4-6 days. During these days viruses that entered into the body fights with the internal immune system. If the immune system is strong enough there will be no symptoms. Otherwise, the body will start showing the common corona symptoms.
Those who develop symptoms can transmit the virus from 1-3 days before the onset of symptoms. This transmission ability can continue up to 7 days nut in some cases this period can go longer.
Is Headache a Symptom of Coronavirus?
Headache can be among one of the coronavirus symptoms, but it comes under the category of less common symptoms. The most common and serious symptoms are shortness of breath, chest pain, loss of speech, and smell.
Is Sore Throat a Coronavirus Symptom?
Sore throat and fever are also the symptoms of coronavirus. However, having only these symptoms do not confirm the disease. These problems can also come due to the sore throat allergies and can be cured through home remedies.
What Medicine to Take for Coronavirus?
There is no specific medicine, treatment, and vaccine for the cure of coronavirus. Scientists are doing extensive studies and research to develop a vaccine as early as possible. But it takes time to get the corona vaccine.
There are some medicines recommended by doctors that can be life-saving in extreme situations. Those medicines should only be used on doctors’ advice.
Patients showing low to mild symptoms don’t need to take such medicines. These are only for patients with severe medical complications.
During this global health emergency, try to keep yourself positive. Some behaviors are normal during such situations. We should try to avoid panic and should only consult a doctor for advice.
Can Cats Get Coronavirus?
There are a few pets including cats and dogs that have been reported as infected by a coronavirus. Most of them were in contact with the corona positive people. In the US some animals in the zoo are also tested positive after having respiratory problems. So there are chances of cats and dogs to get the virus. However, whether they can transmit or not is still unknown.
Is Coronavirus Fatal?
Coronavirus may be or may not be fatal. It mostly depends on the previous condition, age, and history of the patient. Those having medical complications and a weak immune system can lose their lives fitting the virus. The chances of death decrease significantly for fit, health, and young people.
If we consider data of closed cases, we can see only 7% of deaths and 93% of recovered patients on average. So the death percentage is very low. Data also shows that death percentage varies from country to country.
Is Coronavirus Over?
Coronavirus is not over yet. It may endure with us forever. However, it is getting less fatal may be due to the development of herd immunity or the discovery of life-saving medicines. The ultimate cure can only be possible after the discovery of the coronavirus vaccine. This may take years. So up till then we should always follow SOPs and protect ourselves.
In the end, it is necessary to follow all the SOPs of the World Health Organization, to get out of this global health crisis. Global health ministries are continuously working to protect people from the virus. Let us join hand and beat this pandemic.