What is the Coronavirus?
The Coronavirus is, as stated, a virus that is named from the Latin word “Corona” which means halo or crown. As seen in the picture below, under a microscope, the virus has crown-like projections that truly represent its name. This virus falls under the family of the SARS virus, but it appears to be a new disease. CDC has named this new disease COVID-19.
Symptoms of Coronavirus
-shortness of breath
-Coughing and sneezing without covering mouth
-Touching or shaking hands with person that has virus
-Touching surfaces with the virus
-On rare occasions, it can be spread through feces
How to stay safe
-Avoid close contact with people that are sick
-Avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands
-Stay home when you are sick
-Cover nose when sneezing or mouth when coughing with a tissue then immediately throw it away
-Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched
Current Cases in the U.S.A
As of 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 there are currently thirteen cases in the United States.
I write this blog to not scare those that are reading, but rather to inform you. Staying up to date will only help you understand what is currently on in healthcare, but also how to remain healthy.
“CDC Media Telebriefing: Update on COVID-19.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 12 Feb. 2020, www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/a0212-cdc-telebriefing-covid-19.html.
“Coronavirus.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 6 Aug. 2019, www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/about/index.html.