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Coronavirus: All you need to know about symptoms and risks

First
there was the norovirus, and now there’s the coronavirus. The coronavirus has
been spreading global panic as its death toll steadily rises. So far, nearly
3,000 people have contracted the virus, with most of them living in China. In
China alone, over 80 people have passed away.

The infection initially started in the city of Wuhan, located in the Hubei province of China. Many companies are suspending deliveries or any collaborations in China. Starbucks, McDonald’s, and Disney have all discontinued operations and added travel restrictions in response to the outbreak. Even some car makes such as PSA Group, and Honda Motor have started removing employees from China. Others are further evaluating the crisis on an ongoing basis.

Shanghai
even issues a notice urging companies to hold off on going to work until
February 3, rather than the usual January 31, and all public transportation has
been stopped in Wuhan. Individuals in other countries who have recently
traveled to Wuhan is asked to self-isolate, to avoid spreading the sickness
further. 

The
World Health Organization first assessed the global risk of the virus as
“moderate”, but it has recently been changed to “high.”

This isn’t the most pleasant way to finish off the celebration of the Chinese New Year. Still, there is some information about the coronavirus that everyone needs to know, as well as the necessary precautions to stay safe. 

What
is the coronavirus?

There
are several types of human coronaviruses, including NL63, HKU1, OC43, and 229E,
which are the most common alpha and beta varieties. There are also MERS-CoV,
SARS-CoV, and lastly, 2019 nCoV, or 2019 Novel Coronavirus, which is the latest
outbreak identified in Wuhan City.

The
sickness generally starts with a mild to moderate upper-respiratory-tract
infections.

Although we are talking about the human coronavirus, this family of viruses can be transmitted between animals and people. 

Symptoms

The
human coronaviruses can first appear like the common cold and cause you to
exhibit:

General
discomfort

Fever

Headache

Sore
throat/cough

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Runny
nose

Shortness
of breath/breathing issues

Cough

In some cases, the coronavirus can cause more serious lower-respiratory tract illnesses like bronchitis and pneumonia. The likelihood of this happening is increased for seniors, infants, and those who don’t have a robust immune system. 

How
it’s diagnosed

Healthcare providers can diagnose the coronavirus with lab tests and symptoms. Travel history is an integral part of this diagnosis.

How it
spreads

Coronavirus
is most commonly spread through:

Personal
physical contact, including shaking hands or other forms of touching

Airborne
due to sneezing or couching

Physical
contact with an item that has touched the virus, then touching eyes/nose/mouth

How to
prevent coronavirus

Reduce
your risk of contracting this virus by frequently washing hands with soap and
water for a minimum of 20 seconds. If your hands are unwashed, do not touch
your eyes, mouth, or nose. Additionally, try not to come into close contact
with others who are sick or exhibiting symptoms. There is currently no specific
treatment or vaccine for the coronaviruses. If you show any of the coronavirus
symptoms, reach out to a doctor for diagnosis or treatment immediately.

People are in widespread fear of a global coronavirus take-over, and while the stock markets are currently suffering, following these simple guidelines can help significantly in reducing the chances of infection. On its own, the coronavirus is simply a virus family that causes a large number of common colds in both adults and children. However, when undiagnosed and progressing to more severe respiratory infections, it can become deadly. 

Potential
Travel to China

If you have upcoming plans to visit China, the US State Department is warning against it. Apart from health issues, the Chinese government may put travel bans or restrictions without advance notice, which could be dangerous for travelers. The department further went own to say, “US government has limited ability to provide emergency services” to its citizens that happen to be stranded in China. 

Stock
market crash

Although this is just a volatile economic reaction instead of the end of the world, stock market activity has plunged over the past few days due to the coronavirus. After China announced the quick rise in the potentially fatal virus, there was a sell-off in European and Japanese markets. Investors worried that the illness will prevent worldwide economic growth. Hopefully, this selling mania is just temporary, and our world will have its order restored relatively soon. Come on, scientists!

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