The outbreak of coronavirus that began in the city of Wuhan in China is worrying the world. Reportedly, this virus has infected 1,300 people and killed 41 people in China. In addition, coronavirus has spread to 12 other countries.
Symptoms of coronavirus or 2019-nCoV will attack respiratory system. Patients who were confirmed positive for coronavirus, reported the following symptoms: fever, cough and shortness of breath. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), patients infected with coronavirus will suffer from mild to severe respiratory disease.
CDC said, the symptoms of coronavirus will appear within 2 to 14 days after the patient exposed to the coronavirus. This conclusion is based on the incubation period of the MERS virus. For people who experience symptoms of the coronavirus as mentioned above, you should immediately contact the nearest health service.
Until now, there is no recommended medicine or vaccine to treat coronavirus. People who infected COVID-19 should receive intensive care to help relieve symptoms of coronavirus. If the symptoms get worse, the patient must immediately visit a medical service.
Currently there is no vaccine to prevent novel coronavirus infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid getting this virus. There are several precautions to avoid the coronavirus:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands that have not been washed.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
Coronavirus is a family of viruses that can be found in many animal species such as camels, cows, cats and bats. Many patients with pneumonia in Wuhan, China have made contact or visited the seafood market, which shows the spread from animals to humans. and it is not clear yet, whether 2019-nCoV or coronavirus is a virus that is easily transmitted from human to human.
The investigation regarding coronavirus or COVID-19 is still ongoing. The public is asked to be vigilant and always read or update information about this virus.