Coronavirus which was confirmed in the Wuhan province of China has also been confirmed in UAE and in India, in a student who is a student in the University of Wuhan.
Corona is an RNA virus which is the cause of flu and pneumonia. The virus is prone to attack individuals who lacks immunity or has a decreased immunity to other diseases or due to old age.
Fever, Sore throat, hyperthermia, cough, muscle pain, fatigue are the major symptoms of the disease. Some cases could show headache, blood in phlegm, diarrhea as the symptoms.
How does it spread?
The virus spreads from an infected person to the other through air when through their cough or sneeze. It is bound to infect those in close contact with the infected patient.
How do we prevent the spread of infection?
There is no medicine or vaccination available for the treatment of the infection makes precaution against the disease important.
- Wash your hands with soap and water after visits to public spaces and before every meal.
- Maintain personal hygiene and take bath using disinfectants.
- Cover yourself while you cough or sneeze.
Kerala, known for our successful fight against virus as deadly as Nipah, needn’t panic. Prevention is what is required.
Inputs by Dr.PS Shajahan, Additional Professor, Gov Medical College, Alappuzha