According to Dr. Lin, a family physician from Toronto, Ontario, here’s what we need to know about the deadly new coronavirus.
First, we need to understand what this really is and how it can affect us.
Can it affect all of us? Or is the weak, the elderly and the young?
One thing we need to know is that there won’t be a vaccine any time soon. According to experts, a vaccine could take about a year to develop.
What is the Coronavirus?
It’s a family of viruses that can cause illness ranging from a common cold to SARS or MERS, which are bad pneumonias.
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The more dangerous virus has spikes that allows for it to attach itself to cells in the lungs.
As we already know, the WHO (World Health Organization) has declared it a health emergency of international concern.
Where Did the New Coronavirus Come From?
The coronaviruses usually live in animals. In this case, it started in Wuhan, China in a fish market where there were selling live animals. They believe that the virus went from the animal and crossed into a human.
But according to the spread of the virus, it is passing from human to human.
How to Protect Yourself from Getting the Coronavirus
It can’t transport itself, so you must help it along the way to its goal — your lungs.
If people are sneezing around you, don’t be around them because you’re going to breathe in the germs.
Do NOT touch your face as that’s a way for the virus to get in.
Can a mask help?
Yes, but only because it might help stop you from touching your face. Otherwise, masks don’t help because they have pockets where the virus can get in.
What are the Coronavirus Symptoms?
The symptoms are much like the flu or cold symptoms, including a stuffy nose.
Once the virus reaches the lungs and begins manufacturing itself in the lung cells, it multiplies copies of the virus which end up killing the lung cells.
- Very short of breath.
- Difficulty breathing.
There’s no direct treatment right now.
Instead, treatment is supportive.
- Since patients can’t breathe, they are given oxygen.
- Patients can’t drink, so they are given fluids.
- Kidneys begin to shut down, so they are supported medically.
The problem with the new coronavirus is that it is new to our immune systems and we don’t have the antibodies to fight it.
The elderly and the very young are more at risk because their immune system is not often strong enough to make the necessary antibodies that will help fight it off.