A coronavirus is a kind of common virus that causes infection of the nose, sinuses, or upper throat. Wet coronaviruses are not dangerous.
A newly identified coronavirus which is also known as 2019-nCoV has been spread to China and now reaching several other countries. Here’s what you need to know.
Coronaviruses were first identified in the 1960s, but nobody knows from where they came from. They got their name from their crown shape. Sometimes, but not often, a coronavirus can infect both animals and humans.
Most coronaviruses spread in the same way as other viruses that cause a cold: through infected people who cough and sneeze, by touching the hands or face of an infected person, or by touching things like the knobs of the doors that infected people have touched.
Common Coronavirus Symptoms
The symptoms of coronavirus includes runny nose, cough, sore throat, and sometimes high fever. In most cases, you will not know if you have a coronavirus or other cold-causing virus, such as rhinovirus. There are no specific treatments for coronavirus infections and most people will recover alone, according to the CDC. Therefore, treatment involves rest and medications to relieve symptoms. A humidifier or a hot shower can help relieve a sore throat and cough.
Sadly, there is no vaccine for this dangerous Coronavirus till date. But, by following some rules you can save yourself on being exposed to this virus. As a reminder, CDC always recommends some preventive actions to help in preventing the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hand before and after a meal.
- Don’t get in contact of an infected person without taking any safety measures like face masks.
- Always use a handkerchief or tissue while sneezing to prevent the spread of disease to others near you.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.