This article follows previously posted Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 and we’ll go over who is at the most risk as well as coronavirus symptoms that you need to look out for. As with any virus, some people are more at risk than others, and knowing coronavirus symptoms means you know how to survive in a given situation.
People at Risk
COVID-19 coronavirus can affect people of any age if they are in the area that the virus is circulating in. If you have preexisting medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease or so forth, you’re at a higher risk. You’re also at a higher risk if you’re elderly, which can also make it easier to become severely ill with the virus. Extremely young children, however, are also at high risk because their immune system has not completely developed.
Chinese health officials have announced as of January 2020 that the death ratio was skewed towards elderly men who already had preexisting medical conditions. Younger patients and women, including a young man with no health issues previously, have also died from the virus. So, while it isn’t likely for this virus to cause death, this is also possible for it to do so.
COVID-19 Coronavirus Symptoms
There are a range of coronavirus symptoms to look for, and these coronavirus symptoms can range from mild to severe as well. This is another reason it can be hard to diagnose COVID-19 coronavirus. These include fever as well as respiratory coronavirus symptoms. These respiratory coronavirus symptoms can take the form of coughing or even shortness of breath. There has also been kidney failure, pneumonia, and death in some cases.
One of the main issues with diagnosing and therefore treating this virus is that it acts very much like other illnesses at first. There are also not known as medications or vaccines that can help patients. So, those that are being hospitalized are primarily being treated with oxygen, rest and fluids.
The list of coronavirus symptoms is as follows:
Shortness of breath,
These were the initial coronavirus symptoms, but as the illness progresses coronavirus symptoms do as well. Those who are hit by a severe form may have the following:
Abdominal pain (one of the earlier coronavirus symptoms),
Nausea (can be seen early on),
High fever (above 100.4 °F = 38.0 °C),
Severe acute respiratory syndrome,
Those who do not get emergency treatment quickly enough have a higher chance of dying from this illness. There have been reports that people experience flu-like coronavirus symptoms. They can start to recover, and then still pass out from the sheer viral overload. If you have any combination of these coronavirus symptoms and have recently been in contact with someone whose test for COVID-19 coronavirus became positive, you need to seek immediate medical attention. It’s also important to note that not every patient will start with a fever.
All signs currently indicate that this virus is airborne, and it has traveled to 148 countries s of now. Luckily, while it has gotten to a large number of countries, the conformed cases in several countries are still small. Many people still remember the Ebola virus, since its outbreak wasn’t long ago. It’s important to note that these are different. COVID-19 coronavirus has more virulence and potency, and therefore it’s important to be taken seriously. The primary objective is to slow the spread.
As of February 2020, a team of researchers published a study review in the Journal of Hospital Infection, which states COVID-19 coronavirus is likely to survive on surfaces for a period of four to nine days. Of course, this is given it stays at “room temperature.” Cooler temperatures and high air humidity can make it easier for the virus to stay on these surfaces longer. Some surfaces are more suitable living environments for this virus than others. This includes paper, plastic, wood, aluminum, and glass.
Studies have shown that stainless tell is suitable when the temperatures are low. Those working at hospitals have to keep any object within the vicinity of their patients and have to be as clean as possible including bed frames, bedside tables, door handles, call buttons, and anything that’s made of plastic or metal.
So, let’s talk about the fatality rate next. This virus has traveled to 148 countries already, and it has killed over six thousand five hundred people. This virus had infected more than one hundred seventy thousand people (track reported cases of COVID-19). According to WHO, it only seems to have a fatality rate of two percent thus far. Fatality is more common for people over 60, since these deaths account for more than eight percent, and more than seventy-five percent of these deaths are with people who already had underlying diseases.
The Transmission Rate
The transmissibility rate means how rapidly this virus spreads. This can also be called the attack rate of the virus, which is indicated by its reproductive number. This will show you the average number of people a single person can infect with the disease. So far, this is between 1.5 and 4.5 according to preliminary studies. On average, this means each case can make three to four new cases.
The Incubation Period
Incubation is the time between when someone contracts the infections and the time it takes them to show coronavirus symptoms of the virus. Since very few studies have been done since the virus is new, the incubation period that’s been found varies widely. It’s said to be between two and fourteen days, and the average is a little over five days. Of course, keep in mind this varies greatly between patients. The incubation period may also be affected by age. It’s shorter for people who are seventy years old or older.