What is this virus?
Corona virus is a contagious virus that has never spread to humans before. Another name for the virus is 2019-NCOV or Novel Corona Virus. There are many species of corona virus. However, only seven of these species can be transmitted to humans. The SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) virus, which has been spreading in China since 2002, has killed 74 people worldwide. That too was a kind of corona virus. In the second week of February this year, the World Health Organization officially named the disease Covid-19, an acronym for “Corona Virus 2019”.
What are the symptoms of the disease:
Fever, cough, and respiratory problems are the main symptoms. This virus attacks the lungs. Symptoms usually begin to manifest gradually with a dry cough and fever. It takes an average of five days to get the symptoms. The World Health Organization says the incubation period of the virus lasts up to 14 days.
However, according to some researchers, its autonomy can be up to 24 days. The main symptoms of coronavirus infection are difficulty breathing, fever and cough. But this can lead to paralysis of the limbs and death from pneumonia.
Who is more at risk of being infected?
Anyone can be infected with the corona virus. People with low immunity, kidney failure, heart disease, asthma, respiratory diseases, diabetes and the elderly are at high risk of contracting the virus. The virus also has a deadly effect on smokers. The coronavirus spreads rapidly by attacking the airways and lungs as smoking reduces the performance of the airways and lungs.
Professionals associated with health services also have a much higher risk of infection. It has been shown that although the onset of the disease is accompanied by symptoms such as common viral fever and whooping cough, the disease can become fatal in older people and those with any other ailments, including heart and lung disease.
The worry is that in a densely populated country like India, if this contagious disease starts spreading on a large scale, it will not go away easily. Even though there are still deaths due to corona virus infection in this country, more people are recovering.
What is the risk to children?
Children are at least somewhat safe from this virus. Children are at increased risk if their parents or family members are infected and come in contact with them repeatedly. However, children who have asthma or any other congenital or chronic disease must be careful.
Is there any treatment for this?
Since the virus is new, no vaccine has yet been developed. There is no cure for this dise.