It is likely that most of us have at least heard some of news regarding the coronavirus outbreak. At the time of writing this post, there have been three suspected cases of coronavirus in Washtenaw County. **UPDATE – Each case has been found to be negative for coronavirus…Yay!!** Regardless, this post intends to share some information about this latest viral outbreak and hopefully answer some questions you may have about it.
What to know about this coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some of which are known to cause illness in some people. An example that many may remember would be the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-coronavirus). The coronavirus that is currently making headlines is a novel (previously unidentified) form of this virus. It is believed that this coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, Hebei Province in China.
How does this coronavirus spread to others?
While not yet confirmed, it is believed that this coronavirus is spread in ways similar to other respiratory viruses; through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
What are common symptoms of coronavirus infection?
A person infected with coronavirus will often experience respiratory symptoms including nasal drainage, cough, and difficulty breathing. A patient may also experience a fever. If symptoms are untreated, a person may experience respiratory failure.
How do I know if I have a coronavirus infection or a different viral infection?
Here is where it can become tricky. Coronavirus infections often cause symptoms similar to the common cold virus. It is important to remember the risk of coronavirus infection is far less likely than a typical cold. Testing would be required to determine if the coronavirus is the cause of the illness. In short, don’t panic or jump to conclusions based upon the presence of symptoms. Talk with your physician or pharmacist if you have concerns. As with any other respiratory infection, if you experience significant difficulty in breathing, contact your physician.
Am I at risk for coronavirus?
At this time, the greatest risk factor is for those who have recently been to Hubei province in China. It is uncertain at this time if simply being in contact with someone who has been to this province directly increases your risk a great amount.
Is there a cure or vaccine to protect me against this coronavirus?
At this time, there is no vaccine or cure for this coronavirus. However, the symptoms can usually be treated with appropriate non-prescription medications. Ask your pharmacist for more information.
How can I protect myself from this coronavirus?
Protect yourself the same way as you would with other common illness-causing viruses. This includes washing your hands often with soap and water. Also, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to clean your hands when soap and water are not readily available. Get enough quality sleep. Eat nutritious meals. Face masks may reduce the risk of contracting this coronavirus, but at this time the Center for Disease Control (CDC) does not feel using these masks is necessary in the United States for preventing this infection.
If you are interested in more details about coronavirus, here is a link to the CDC site with more information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
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Wishing you good health!
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