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Coronavirus - Basics You Need To Know


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The coronavirus is affecting a large number of people in China, and slowly across the globe. Here is what you need to know about this condition, and how you can prevent it.

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Coronavirus - Basics You Need To Know

  2. 2. Introduction Recent news of the outbreak of coronavirus in China is making headlines and worrying many of us. The first case was reported on 31st December at Wuhan, and since then cases have cropped up all over, including Kerala, India.
  3. 3. So….. I thought I would share with you a brief overview of this virus, what you need to look out for, and how you can prevent yourself from catching this virus.
  4. 4. WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS? Coronavirus is a class of viruses found in both animals and humans. The Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS - spread through camels) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are coronavirus infections.
  5. 5. ‘Novel’ Coronavirus The current coronavirus that is affecting people in China is the 2019-nCoV, also called the ‘novel’ coronavirus. It is called so as there have never been any reported cases of such a viral infection in humans.
  6. 6. HOW DID HUMANS GET AFFECTED? It is believed that the virus originated from a live animal market in Wuhan – a place where they sold rabbits, snakes, pangolins, and other animals.
  7. 7. WHO IS AT RISK? Elderly people or those with high blood pressure and diabetes seem to be at a higher risk, mostly because their immunity is low. However, this is not entirely clear.
  8. 8. SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS It takes between 2 to 14 days after exposure to get the symptoms.
  9. 9. DIAGNOSIS Oral Swab Nasal Swab Blood Tests
  10. 10. TREATMENT Mostly supportive measures 1. ICU admission 2. Intravenous fluids 3. Blood pressure monitoring
  11. 11. PREVENTION
  12. 12. PREVENTION
  13. 13. PREVENTION
  14. 14. PREVENTION Masks have a limited role, but can be of some help provided they are tight fitting.
  15. 15. DON’T PANIC!! See your doctor if you are concerned about your symptoms, especially if you have travelled recently.
  16. 16. PROGNOSIS Most patients recover fully as long as treatment is sought early. Fatality rate is around 2% (WHO).
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