The recent coronavirus outbreak associated with the novel coronavirus from Wuhan, China, has heightened attention to personal hygiene as it can spread easily through respiratory droplets when the infected person coughs and sneezes in public spaces.
What is coronavirus?
According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses are a family of viruses that causes illnesses including the common cold to severe conditions such as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that hit Hong Kong and China in 2003.
The developing novel coronavirus outbreak, known as COVID-19, is a respiratory illness that causes pneumonia. A recent study has found that the coronavirus could have an incubation period of up to 24 days, although it takes an average of five to six days for symptoms to appear. In severe cases, the infection can cause organ failure and death.
High-risk groups include the elderly and those who have lower immunity due to pre-existing medical conditions.
Signs and symptoms of coronavirus
Those who have fallen ill to the virus are reported to have suffered from a number of symptoms including:
- Dry cough
- Sore throat
- Breathing difficulty
- Practice good hygiene by washing your hands regularly or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid crowded places, stay at home if you are ill and wear a face mask that at least can block large droplets (such as surgical mask).
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Maintain a healthy immune system by having enough sleep, proper nutrition and exercise
Unfortunately, there is no specific antiviral treatment for the coronavirus, and antibiotics do not work against viral pneumonia. Patients who are admitted to hospital will receive supportive care to help relieve their symptoms. Hence, it is crucial to maintain strong immunity to fight the coronavirus.
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