Coronavirus Horrors: how to protect the ones you love
March 16, 2020 | Farah Jassawalla

Coronavirus Horrors: how to protect the ones you love

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Coronavirus attacks the respiratory tract of its victims and causes flu, cold, or pneumonia-like symptoms in its hosts. Interestingly, it has appeared before as an epidemic and caused a total loss of around 3000 lives. Diseases like SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) were caused due to coronaviruses. It is good to know what to expect and where the trouble is coming from.

Generally, coronaviruses are the primary culprits behind viral colds and flu and aren't considered serious since people do recover from them over time. What is different about the viruses now is that they have mutated and changed their effect. These can cause serious damage to human life by causing lung/respiratory failure, fever and cough, and in some cases, even death.

The first few symptoms are of common cold and flu. An infected individual may start with a runny nose, sneezing, coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing, and fever.

•Coronavirus is carried in livestock, pet animals, and bats, all of them mammals. Since its first appearance in China, it is now spreading fast through human to human interaction.

The mutation rate of the coronavirus is terribly fast; therefore, developing a vaccination is difficult. It keeps changing and reshaping, which isn't helpful at all because you have to contain the virus for making an antidote.

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Cure and protection

If you want to keep yourself and your loved ones safe, here are some hacks that may end up saving you from this new virus:

•Wash your hands. If you go out in public places, or anywhere else for that matter, make sure that you wash your hands after touching any surface. Use soap and clean water.

•Do not touch your face or the area around your mouth and nose if you haven’t been able to keep your hands clean.

•Keep an alcohol-based hand sanitizer handy. Take it along and keep sanitizing to get rid of germs.

•Avoid going to large gatherings. Malls and shopping plazas are the worst in such conditions. A person may actually have the virus with no outward signs. They can still transfer the disease, and so steering clear of rushed areas is very important.

•Stay away if someone is coughing or sneezing a lot.

•In case someone in your house is coughing, give them a respiratory mask or at least tissues that can be disposed of hygienically.

•It’s important to know that since coronavirus changes its shape very fast, it can become airborne as well. Over the counter medicines and treatments aren’t the answer. Neither is self-medication. It’s necessary to get checked by a proper doctor.

Countries around the world have imposed a ban on people traveling from China and other highly infected areas of the world. This is very important to follow because the virus is highly contagious. Scientists everywhere are struggling to find a cure as well as a vaccine to stop its spread. So far, nothing substantial has been found that can help this pandemic from growing far and wide.

Testing and diagnosis

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Farah Jassawalla

Farah Jassawalla is a graduate of the Lahore School of Economics. She is also a writer, and healthcare enthusiast, having closely observed case studies while working with Lahore's thriving general physicians at their clinics.