Coronavirus fatality research shows it’s still far from the periphery of known and unknown and that’s the problem...
What happens when coronavirus enters your body. Find Out—
- But The Good News First
- What Does Coronavirus Looks Like
- How Does Coronavirus Behave
- How Our Immune System Responds
- Is There A Hope
The world is hosting an unwanted guest for three months now. A guest feasting on its host, and it’s not a good thing.
Coronavirus or Covid-19 is a bat transmitted virus that originated from Wuhan China and has now gripped the world. The researchers around the world have studied and noticed various facets of this and have found that SARS-CoV-2—the cause of the COVID-19 disease. Covid-19 Latest Updates.
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But The Good News First
The only good news about any virus is it doesn’t survive on a surface — it needs host bodies. By its very nature, individual coronavirus can be easily destroyed.
20 seconds of thorough hand-washing can kill coronavirus.
How it works is — Each virus particle consist of a small set of genes, enclosed by fatty lipid molecules. These lipid molecules are vulnerable to elements and can be easily torn apart.
What Does Coronavirus Look Like
Picture a spiky massage ball or that medieval weapon the morning star.
The structure of the coronavirus is somewhat similar. The spikey surface consists of protein. These protein spikes have the ability to invade healthy cells in the respiratory tract.
The virus binds to ACE2 a protein on the surface of our cells. Once inside the host body, the virus uses an enzyme called ‘furin’ that breaks the protein spikes in half and allow the spikes to guide cell into your cells.
How Does Coronavirus Behave?
Covid-19 or SARS-COV-2 as scientists have categorised it is a respiratory virus. Unlike the other members of the corona family, Covid-19 affects both upper and lower lungs. The human respiratory tract is the perfect warm and wet lounge for the virus to feast and host on the host bodies.
It’s to be noted that all respiratory viruses don’t behave this way. For example, other types of coronaviruses like OC43, HKU1, NL63 and 229E behave very differently.
So if one wonders if Flu and Covid-19 are same. The answer would be NO.
How Does Our Immune System Respond
When the infection hits the upper lungs, our immune system panics. The premature activation of the immune system does more damage than help. The other problem is once the immune system is activated other bacteria and germs also get a chance to wreak havoc in our lungs.
A study showed that 17.9% of those infected ended up having no symptoms throughout their infections. When the virus hits upper respiratory tract flu symptoms shows up like fever, congestion and dry cough.
WHO reported, symptoms begin an average of five to six days after the virus initially infected you with a range of 1 to 14 days.
Once more time pass the infection goes down to the lower half of your lungs and body’s immune system goes into further panic mode. As the CDC explains:
Body’s extreme response to an infection is a life-threatening medical emergency.
Is There A Hope?
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus briefed the press about varying fatality rate showed up during the coronavirus research, “Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died.” It is clear that Covid-19 is nothing like flu which tends to kill 0.1% people every year.