The latest coronavirus Q&A and News — A guide in everything you need to know about Coronavirus.
What began with just a small number of cases of mysterious illness in a Chinese city has now spread across the world, jumping from animals to humans and killing several people to have been given the term ‘pandemic.’ The lates news is that coronavirus has so far claimed 13,071 lives and infected 308,615 people, as per the data provided by Worldometer.
As the world prepares to fight Coronavirus and tries its best to contain the spread of virus, team DKODING has compiled on all important Q&A (questions and answers) and latest news on the deadly pandemic coronavirus ( cover-19) —
Q&A 1. What is Coronavirus?
According to World Head Organization, coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that range from common cold to more serious diseases. It can infect both animals as well as humans. The strain that began spreading in the Chinese city of Wuhan is related to two other coronaviruses that have caused major outbreaks recently – SARS and MERS.
Q&A 2. What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
It depends on the virus, but common symptoms include respiratory problems, fever, dry cough, and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Q&A 3. Can coronaviruses be transmitted from person to person?
Unfortunately, Coronavirus can spread from a person to person especially if you are in close contact with someone who is already infected with COVID-19. It can easily spread in public places like malls, schools, colleges, offices or even healthcare centers.
Q&A 4. How is COVID-19 diagnosed?
Diagnosis maybe difficult with only a physical exam because mild cases of COVID-19 appears similar to the flu. A laboratory test can confirm the diagnosis. Generally a swab is collected from the uppermost part of the throat, behind the nose. The swab is then tested for the specimens for the presence of the new coronavirus in a lab.
Q&A 5. What is the incubation period for COVID-19?
It appears that symptoms are showing up in people within 14 days of exposure to the virus.
Q&A 6. Is there a vaccine for a novel coronavirus?
As the disease has been recently discovered, there is no vaccine as of now. It can take a number of years for a new vaccine to be developed.
Q&A 7. Is there a treatment for a novel coronavirus?
As per WHO, there is no specific treatment for disease caused by a novel coronavirus. However, many of the symptoms can be treated and therefore treatment is based on the patient’s clinical condition. Moreover, supportive care for infected persons can be highly effective.
Q&A 8. How can we prepare and protect ourselves from the disease?
The virus maybe new, but you don’t need to buy anything special to brace for it. Just follow simple guidelines that have been prepared by the WHO and doctors-:
- Wash your hands regularly and properly with soap and water. If you can’t wash it, then use proper alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Cover your nose and mouth while sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is showing symptoms
- Drink enough water and stay hydrated
- Avoid going out especially if you are sick
- Avoid public places
- Follow safe food practices
- Stay calm and avoid panic
Q&A 9. How long will I have to maintain social distance?
There is no answer to this question. It can be weeks, or months depending upon the situation. A report in The Washington Post has explained the situation in clear terms. It says this is dependent on factors like when the US cases finally reach their peak, how virus behaves in the change of season and how well America is able to flatten its epidemiological curve of infections.
The big question is — Will coronavirus defeat all science and human wisdom?