12th March 2020
12th March 2020
Near the end of 2019, many common colds and respiratory tract infections started erupting. This new type of virus called coronavirus started making many people ill in China. Called COVID-19, some of the initial cases were caught in people who were visiting a market where they were selling animals and seafood.
Typically, when viruses spread from animals to human beings, it takes healthcare providers and experts time to understand more about the virus, how it spreads and how to create vaccines for it.
According to Dr. Karen Ann Ravin, the coronavirus (COVID-19) causes a fever, cough, and trouble breathing. Symptoms are a bit like those people have with a cold or the flu. The virus can be more serious in some people, especially if they are sick or have health problems.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) causes colds, coughs, fevers and trouble breathing. Typically, it has the same symptoms as the flu. For people who have a weak immune system, are already sick and have other health issues, this virus can be more harmful.
Healthcare providers, researchers and other experts are still trying to find how the corona virus spreads. It seems that this virus spreads through the air when people cough or sneeze. People who became sick with the virus lived in the same house as others.
Research on this area is still be conducted by experts. Not a lot of information is known about it. There are a few cases reported in children. Many of them caught it from an adult living with them. It seems that the virus has a milder impact on children than in adults.
After seeing a doctor, most people get better with rest and lots of fluids. People who are very sick get treated in a hospital with IV fluids, breathing support and other treatments.
Just like with other viruses, the best ways to protect yourself are:
If schools or child care centers close. Make sure you have a pick up plan for your child. Plan for a designated driver and have an emergency number ready. Notify your employer in advance so that you can be prepared.
Keeping your child busy. In case your child is home, then have a day schedule drawn up for their activities just like in school. This will ensure they are following a routine and not get bored.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for up-to-date, reliable information on coronavirus COVID-19.