It appears that the Coronavirus is even worse than expected, and it’s spreading. Here’s the latest coronavirus update, and what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones.
At the time of this writing, the Coronavirus has infected more than 7,800 people and killed as many as 170 according to the latest coronavirus news. Experts have warned that the total is sure to rise. Southern Arizona Urgent Care is here to keep you informed and healthy.
What is the Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a virus family that causes cold and flu-like symptoms ranging from mild to severe, sometimes mimicking much more serious diseases. The typical symptoms include fatigue, fever, a non-productive dry cough, and sore throat.
Coronaviruses are transmitted from animals to humans. This most recent outbreak is unlike any other. Named 2019-nCoV, this novel new virus has never before been seen in people.
Where Did This Strain of the Coronavirus Come From?
The source of this strain is believed to have originated from a seafood market in Wuhan, China. According to the city’s health news service, the outbreak is said to have begun sometime between the 12th and the 20th of December, spreading initially to employees of the market.
At present, the specific animal source has yet to be pinpointed, but researchers believe bats and snakes are the most likely suspects. The Wuhan market contained stalls where many different animals were held for trade, such as poultry, marmots, and snakes. The market has since been shut down.
What Makes This Strain of the Strain of the Corona Virus Unusual?
Coronaviruses were discovered in the 1960s and got their name from the protective halo-like shell that makes them distinctive under the microscope. Unlike this new form of the virus, they are not usually lethal.
The Wuhan Corona Virus appears to be changing more rapidly than usual, a feature that makes viruses much more dangerous than they would otherwise be.
One thing that is important for the public to understand is, because of the self-protecting structure of a coronavirus, they can remain alive on surfaces for hours, and sometimes days. This makes hygiene and sanitation especially important.
How You Can Protect Yourself and Your Family
With the exception of the severe signs and symptoms of the Wuhan Corona Virus, the virus itself is a lot like other viruses such as those that cause the flu and the common cold. Prevention methods will be similar, but the consequences of not following them are more severe.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water
- Cover the face with the arm or a tissue when sneezing or coughing
- Avoid contact with anyone who has a cough or fever
- Stay away from others if you have the symptoms of the virus
- Avoid contact with live animals and surfaces that may have been in contact with live animals
- Do not eat undercooked or raw food
- Take vitamin c and other immune-boosting supplements
Contact Southern Arizona Urgent Care if You Detect Symptoms
Contact SAUC to receive help with coronavirus symptoms at the earliest signs of illness.