The Coronavirus: How to Fight Against It

The Coronavirus: How to Fight Against It

Jul 01, 2020

December 2019 marked the beginning of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak. The world was brought to its knees in a matter of months. Our way of life has been threatened, and we have to adapt very fast to keep the virus at bay.

Out of all the viruses, the SARS-CoV-2 is the one that spreads so fast. One moment, it’s in Wuhan, a province in China, the next, every country in the world are closing their borders.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic is the first that we have ever seen in modern history, scientists, government officials, health workers, and everyone else is working to stop the spread of the virus.
This is the time when having a COVID testing center near you would be great so as you can call to get an appointment when you need it the most.

Understanding Coronavirus

For you to put up a good fight, you to have to arm yourself with proper knowledge about the unseen enemy.

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that have been around for some time now. It was first isolated in 1937. Each year people get infected with the coronavirus when they get the common cold. It is the second leading cause of the common cold after rhinovirus.

Coronavirus was responsible for causing two other outbreaks in 2003 and 2014. These were the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

SARS-CoV-2 is the type of coronavirus that causes the coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19). SARS-CoV-2 and the other two viruses that caused SARS and MERS belong a family of seven viruses.

The other four are the ones that cause the common colds, which we experience each year.

Just a side fact, the coronavirus gets its name from its appearance, which means crown in Latin.

How Does It Spread?

The coronavirus is spread primarily from person to person.

When an infected person sneezes or coughs, they release droplets which can travel as far as two meters or six feet away. This means that if you are close to this person, then you breathe in the droplets, then you can get infected.

This is why people have to wear protective gear for COVID-19 such as face masks.

Another mode of transmission is touching objects or surfaces which the virus has landed on. When you touch any of the contaminated surfaces, then you touch your nose, mouth or eyes before disinfecting your hands, then you can get infected.

The virus is known to stay on surfaces for hours and others even days. Check out the following:

  • Copper – four hours
  • Plastic and stainless steel –two or three days
  • Cardboard – 24 hours

There has been the scare that the virus can be transmitted through packages, groceries, or food. You are much likely to get infected from person to person than from groceries or bags. You have to implement preventive measures for COVID-19 while shopping.

Stay at least 6 feet away from the next person and wear a face mask.

The only thing you can do is clean the countertops since the coronavirus is more likely to linger on hard surfaces.

Thus far, there is no evidence that someone has been infected from handling food containers or food.

Treatment

If you suspect that you have COVID-19, contact our doctor and see if you can book an appointment to get tested. We have the standard COVID-19 testing kits on standby.

However, there is no specific treatment for COVID-19 at the moment. Mild cases will have to be managed using fluids, rest, and fever control. Only in severe cases are people hospitalized and cared for.

Since coronavirus is not a bacterial infection but a viral one, we cannot really say that antibiotics treat coronavirus disease. However, they are used to treat infections that might come with the disease.

How to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus

You can take these steps to help fight against the coronavirus:

  • Practice social distancing because the primary mode of transmission is from person to person
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or clean them with alcohol-based sanitizers
  • Cover your nose and mouth in public to either stop you from inhaling droplets that might have the virus or if you have COVID-19 to stop it from spreading further. This does not replace social distancing. Children under two years old should not wear a face mask or if you have trouble breathing
  • Always clean and disinfect surfaces that you touch often
  • Avoid touching your face when out in public before sanitizing or washing your hands
    Currently, there is no coronavirus vaccine, but intense research is going on trying to come up with one.

If you suspect that you have COVID-19 symptoms, contact our doctor at Altus Emergency Center (Lake Jackson) and await further instructions.

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