These are the Symptoms of the Corona Virus in Humans
These are the Symptoms of the Corona Virus in Humans - After declaring this coronavirus (CoV) outbreak a global health emergency, the World Health Organization (WHO) finally gave the official name for this coronavirus, namely COVID-19. The decision to sound the global health emergency alarm was made after the first cases of human-to-human transmission outside China were confirmed.
According to WHO, COVID-19 stands for "Co," which means corona. And "vi" for the virus, and "D" for disease, which means condition. With "19" as the year 2019, which represents the year this outbreak emerged.
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WHO declared an emergency status because of the coronavirus outbreak, including an extraordinary event that threatens public health in many countries due to the global spread of the epidemic, so it is of world concern.
Therefore, managing this disease requires response and coordination from all over the world. To increase vigilance, it is necessary to know the symptoms of the coronavirus that may appear.
Symptoms of Corona Virus (COVID-19)
Coronaviruscauses pneumonia. Patients infected with this virus are reported to have a cough, fever, and difficulty breathing. In more severe cases, organ failure can occur.
Since this is viral pneumonia, antibiotics are of no use. Antiviral drugs to fight the flu could not work against this virus.
Common symptoms that can indicate a person is experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus:
- Shortness of breath
- Runny nose
The incubation period of the coronavirus is still unknown. Some sources say it can be between 10-14 days.
Infected patients may also not show any symptoms of the coronavirus. This means they do not show the above signs, even though they have the virus in their system.
Furthermore, recovery will largely depend on the strength of the patient's immune system. Many of the patients who died were already in poor health before.
The WHO says a new vaccine will be ready within 18 months. The first vaccine targeting the coronavirus is likely to be available in 18 months, "so we have to do what we can today use the weapons available,” chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in Geneva.
How Coronavirus Infections Are Diagnosed, Coronavirus
infections are diagnosed by healthcare providers based on symptoms and laboratory tests. In some cases, travel history is also essential.
Respiratory Diseases Similar to Corona Virus
1. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
SARS also became an epidemic that spread in China in 2002 ago. SARS is also caused by a coronavirus but with a different type.
SARS came from bats, spread to civets, and eventually infected humans. The symptoms caused by these two viruses are very similar.
Currently, the number of people with coronavirus has surpassed that of SARS.
2. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)
MERS also includes the "sister" of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The symptoms experienced by COVID-19 sufferers are not much different from the symptoms experienced by MERS patients, which was endemic around the Middle East region in 2012.
3. Sore Throat
Previously, there was one coronavirus patient suspected of contracting the coronavirus, but after an in-depth examination, the patient only suffered from strep throat.
Coughing with corona symptoms tends to be similar to an ordinary sore throat. You must watch out if you have recently visited a country where this virus spreads; you should check with a doctor.
Especially if the sore throat and cough do not go away.
With a cough, shortness of breath, and fever, the symptoms of coronavirus infection also resemble bronchitis. The difference is that the illness caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus will produce a dry cough.
While bronchitis is characterized by excess mucus production in the pharynx and larynx of the patient.
5. Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI)
ARI and the coronavirus both attack the respiratory organs. Symptoms of ARI are similar to symptoms of contracting the corona, including coughing, shortness of breath, and fever. The difference is that ARI attacks more young children.
While the coronavirus more often attacks adults than older adults with weak immune systems.
Coronaviruses are very many types, including those that cause the common cold. The way to distinguish the symptoms of the coronavirus from the common cold is the length of time a person experiences these signs.
Patients with COVID-19 will experience more intense symptoms for a more extended period.
CoV is a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
Meanwhile, a new strain has not been previously identified in humans.
At least, there have been five global health emergencies since 2005, when the declaration was made, namely swine flu (2009), polio (2014), Ebola (2014 and 2019), and Zika (2016).
For this reason, we are also recommended to prepare various health products to anticipate multiple viruses, such as the Coronavirus. These products include anti-virus masks, hand sanitizers, vitamin C, thermometers, anti-septic soap, etc.