The new corona virus that arise from china has spread to more than 160 countries and WHO declared it as a global pandemic.
On March 2019 the death rate from the virus reached more than 8000 and the number of cases hit more than 200,000 globally. The majority of cases reported in mainland china and it is now gradually moving to the Europe countries.
Here we discuss what is COVID-19 and what happens If you are Infected.
Corona viruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness from the common cold to more serve diseases. The COVID 19 is a new virus of this family that has not been previously identified in humans.
Mainly the virus spread through respiratory droplets, when coughs or sneezes of infected person. On average it takes around five to six days to show symptoms after becoming infected. However, some people do not show any symptoms.
You may have following symptoms
- Common cold
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Dry cough
- Muscle pain
- Difficulty breathing
Most of the time elderly people and those who are suffering from medical problems such as high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to have critical illness.
The amount of time between infection and the onset of symptoms range from One (1) to Fourteen (14) days
Statistic from china suggest recover time for people with mild disease is around two (2) weeks while critical or severe people takes Three (3) to Six (6) weeks.
Myths and Misinformation about COVID-19
with the spread of new corona virus around the world generated lot of misinformation and myths regarding how people can avoid catching the COVID-19.
Can corona virus spread in the air
Here we discussed several myths and misinformation that are not supported by scientific evidence.
01 – Mosquitoes Bites.
Do not worry if you are bites by mosquitoes. According to the WHO there is no evidence or information showing COVID-19 could be transmitted by mosquitoes.
02 – Spraying Alcohol or Chlorine.
Spraying alcohol or chlorine will help to disinfect surfaces. However, if you get infected spraying alcohol or chlorine will not help you to kill virus.
03 – Snow & cold weather.
There is no any evidence that tell cold weather will kill the corona virus. The virus can be found in all areas including hot and humid weather.
04 – Eating Garlic
It is true garlic is a healthy food, however according to WHO there is no evidence that the eating of garlic can save you from COVID-19.
05 – Drinking Water
Drinking water is a good health practice, however there is no evidence that prove drinking of large volume of water will save you from new corona virus.
06 – Taking antibiotics.
Antibiotics works only on bacteria and new corona is a virus. So, taking antibiotics will not help you to prevent the catching from the new corona virus.