All your questions about the novel corona virus answered

About the novel corona virus

COVID-19, the novel corona virus, is a newly identified strain of the virus affecting humans. They belong to the family Corona viridae that causes mild illness like common cold, respiratory illnesses to sever illnesses like the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS CoV). The virus originates from animals.

Who are those at risk of coming down with corona virus?

  • People who are immuno-compromised: People living with conditions such as AIDS, Sickle cell anemia
  • Elderly people
  • Health workers
  • People in close contact with animals

How is the virus transmitted?

Person to person transmission is possible via droplets containing the virus. When the infected person (with or without observable symptoms) sneezes or coughs, droplets carrying the infectious particle can land on inanimate objects and can be picked up by another person handling that object.

The incubation period of the covid19 is within 1-14 days from the onset of exposure and transmission is possible during this times even though there may not be observable symptoms in the infected person.

What are the signs and symptoms of corona virus

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • General body weakness
  • Dry cough
  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Body aches

What best way can I prevent myself from the virus

  • Hands should be properly washed with soap and water as often as possible. This is very important.  If there is no available water, sanitizers should be used until you can wash your hands again. Washing your hands will destroy the virus.
  • Avoid staying in large crowds
  • Avoid frequent touching of your face with your hands
  • Observe a good  hygiene
  • Avoid sick people
  • Keep at least 1m distance from any person showing symptoms of the virus such as cough or fever

Can corona virus be treated?

There is currently no vaccine available for the novel virus. Recovery usually depends on the individual immune strength

If you feel sick or have any of the above symptoms, let your healthcare provider know  immediately.

Are antibiotics effective against the novel corona virus?

No. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses. They are only effective for bacterial infections

Complications

  • Pneumonia
  • Kidney failure
  • Death