A deadly virus that has originated in Wuhan, which is the capital of Hubei province in China in December 2019, is almost everywhere and affecting everyone severely. The deadly virus, which has been causing havoc significantly across the People’s Republic of China, is known as Coronavirus. As per the current news report, more than 1778 people have died due to the infectious virus, and over 11,390 individuals are affected and undergoing treatment.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the official name of Coronavirus. It is called COVID-19. ‘COVI’ stands for Coronavirus, ‘D’ stands for disease, and ‘19’ is the year it broke out. However, currently, the virus is called ‘SARS-COV-2.’
Although COVID-19 broke out initially in China, gradually, it is spreading to multiple countries, including the United States of America (USA). Dr. Syra Madad, the senior director of New York’s Special Pathogens Program, expresses her view regarding the massive outbreak of the deadly virus and also speaks about the essential steps pathogen specialists and other health officials are leveraging in the USA to prevent the spread of the contagious and deadly virus.
What is Coronavirus?
The COVID-19 is harming people in significant numbers across China and even spreading fast to other countries. The life-taking disease has erupted suddenly and causing a public health emergency. It is common in different animals. However, according to the health officials, the surprising fact is the eruption of the virus and the random pace at which it is impacting humans.
How is the virus affecting people?
Being contagious, the virus is diversely affecting people – Common cold, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus, and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SAR’s) coronavirus.
Where do coronaviruses emerge?
According to public health officials, COVID-19 has affected the majority of the people who had visited the Huanan seafood market, which is one of the biggest and popular seafood and animal meat markets in Wuhan. The life-killing virus is majorly found and mostly circulates in animals. Hence, some of the highly-affected coronaviruses have been getting transmitted to humans from animals. In a quick time, COVID-19 is spreading from one individual to another. Health officials have detected by conducting detail investigations that, from civet cats, SARS-CoV, and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels, are transmitting to human beings significantly.
According to the top health surgeons, the outbreak of the illness will get worse before it can get better. And, that’s what is concerning the health specialists. The unduly spread of COVID-19 is being continuously monitored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
What are the common symptoms?
An individual affected with SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV will experience issues like severe cough and cold, fever for a considerable time, breathlessness, and other difficulties due to infection in the respiratory system of the body. Also, many victims are severely affected by the disease, and due to it, they are experiencing pneumonia, improper function of the kidney, acute respiratory syndrome, etc.
How to prevent infection spread?
Majorly, COVID-19 causes severe respiratory diseases in humans. Hence, to prevent oneself from deadly Coronavirus, it is recommended by the health officials to follow primary hygiene rules –
- Washing and cleaning hands with anti-bacterial soaps before having food.
- Keep away from touching eyes, mouth, and nose with unwashed or dirty hands.
- And, while sneezing and coughing, it is suggested to sneeze into the elbow or use a handkerchief separately.
- Before cooking animal meat or seafood, it is required to wash and clean them properly and boil the meat properly to minimize the presence of the deadly virus.
- Do not get too close to people who are suffering from severe respiratory diseases.
- It requires cleaning all the objects, which you touch, and disinfect the surface of the areas where you mostly sit at home.
- Try to stay at home when you are unwell.
- Make use of masks if you are affected by the deadly virus.
Key measures health officials are implementing to prevent COVID-19
According to the health officials at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the common symptoms of the Coronavirus, which are fever, cough, breathing difficulty, may take place within 2-3 days. However, one may experience severe coughing and sneezing, almost after a couple of weeks, once he or she gets exposed to the virus.
The public health officials in the US have been taking significant safety measures to ensure the complete prevention of Coronavirus in the country. However, by now, the United States has found at least 11 victims affected by deadly infections. In order to prevent the rapid spread of the virus across the country, health specialists are taking necessary precautions by distancing each other socially.
The health officials in the United States have leveraged exceptional protective measures by quarantining near about 200 citizens who were brought from Wuhan, China, the place, initially where the virus was originated. To prevent the severe impact of COVID-19, health officials in the US are taking vital measures and encouraging American citizens to pay more attention to leveraging safety measures.
The Federal Government of the United States has declared a public health emergency similar to china and other countries where people are more likely to get infected by the deadly virus. Also, a ban was issued on the tourists visiting the US from China, for minimizing the chance of illness spreading.
With the outbreak in China, health officials are becoming more aware of the spread of COVID-19. They are conducting extensive research on the virus and the procedure following which the deadly virus transmits from one human to another. Acquiring comprehensive knowledge related to COVID-19 and its harmful effects will aid the health department in the US to leverage necessary and adequate steps if the contagious virus breaks out significantly fast. The concerned health specialists are preparing and equipping themselves with the arrangements needed to provide top-quality treatments to each patient if the life-taking virus – COVID-19 pops up in the United States of America.
Take these preventive measures and protect yourself and your family from the effects of this deadly virus.