THE CORONAVIRUS AND YOUR CONCERN
As the Coronavirus (nCoV) looms over Asia and spreads across Europe, it is alarmingly making its way towards the USA. With some 82,000 people infected worldwide and 2770 fatal cases since the outbreak was publicly reported on January 22, 2020, it is almost impossible to escape the ancient plague-like presence and the concerns the Coronavirus casts upon today’s modern world.
In this article, the Perazzo Law Firm aims to shed light on the Coronavirus and what it means to you for the well-being and safety of your family and loved ones.
What is the Coronavirus?
The Coronavirus is a new strain of infectious viruses that can range from a common cold to a severe and life-ending respiratory or gastric infection. This type of virus first appeared in China in 2003 (SARS-CoV) and transmitted from cats to humans and then from camels to humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012 (MERS-CoV). It has now mutated into the Coronavirus (nCoV) and made its international debut in mid-December 2019. The first reported case occurred in the Chinese city of Wuhan after someone allegedly consumed a live animal and fell sick. The disease quickly spread to family and friends and is now famous around the world.
What are some of the symptoms?
Like most respiratory infections, the lungs are the main target area. Hence, a cough, runny nose, shortness of breath and fever rank at the top of the warning signs. People need to remind themselves that these are everyday symptoms affecting millions of everyday people. Nevertheless, medical attention is always highly recommended when symptoms such as these gather and take an evident physical toll on your health. The virus can lead to pneumonia and kidney failure and the Perazzo Law Firm highly recommends seeking medical attention as the Coronavirus can be fatal if not attended to immediately.
How to prevent the Coronavirus?
Hygiene is first and foremost when preventing infectious diseases. Washing your hands and using hand sanitizer or alcohol rub are highly recommended to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. It’s important to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze because most viruses spread from droplets in the air or close contact with contaminated material or those infected with the Coronavirus. Keeping hands clean and mouths closed are very valuable tips for preventing viral infections of any type. The Perazzo Law Firm strongly urges that people refrain from eating live animals and to cook animal products well before consuming them. If you have recently traveled to a country in which the virus is more widespread, consult a medical professional.
What happens if you, a friend, or relative is infected?
A person presenting evident symptoms will be diagnosed by way of a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test to determine the specific properties of the virus. Though there is at present no cure for the virus, it is treated by a vast range of medications. Survival rates depend on the severity of the virus and each person’s physical condition. Fortunately, scientific teams around the globe are working to develop a vaccine and find a possible cure.
What happens next?
The Coronavirus is a new infectious disease and scientists and the world will learn more about it as time goes by. That said, it is difficult to predict what the future holds for humanity considering the present threat of the Coronavirus.
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