CORONAVIRUS: HOW AND WHERE DID IT START?
Updated: Mar 28, 2020
A popular Wuhan exotic food market became a major source of the coronavirus, COVID-19, which is causing a global pandemic.
This market served birds, bats, snakes, marmots, scaly anteaters, and rabbits, all sold illegally.
Coronaviruses can be transmitted from animals to humans, but it is believed stall owners caught the disease first and then spread it to customers more efficiently.
Snakes seem to be one of the sources, as are bats, and those tasty scaly anteaters.
WHO Western Pacific workers became sick after inspecting the market and it was shut down for further evaluation.
THE SYMPTOMS YOU MUST KNOW
Coronavirus colds plague us primarily in the early spring and winter.
Up to 30% of common colds arise from nearly 10 different identities of coronaviruses.
For COVID-19, and all other coronaviruses, one major symptom is fever.
Another symptom is shortness of breath.
Coughing is a common, and especially dry cough. Those affected may develop fatigue. Sore throats, sneezing, and a runny nose are less common in COVID-19. But a sore throat is possible with enlarged adenoids.
Pneumonia may arise from coronaviruses in a form directly from the virus or from their laying the groundwork for pneumonia from bacteria. Even multi-organ failure and death are a possibility in severe cases or the elderly.
Mild or severe bronchitis may result from a similar dual assault between viruses and bacteria.
SARS-CoV-2, first labeled in 2003, is a human coronavirus responsible for the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) which arises from rather unique pathogenesis. SARS features both lower and upper respiratory tract afflictions at the same time.
As of March 2020, there were no drugs or vaccines for SARS-CoV-2, or COVID-19, or any other coronavirus.
In mid-March of 2020, with well over 130,000 cases, GI symptoms have been added to the discussion: Additional symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and pain.
Fatigue hits almost 40% of patients, a sore throat or headache emerges in 13%, chills in 11%, and general aches in the body in 14% of patients.
In addition to reducing the number of Chinese snakes, scaly anteaters, and bats in your diet, take the following precautions.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand rubs to kill viruses.
Maintain social distancing because one cough or sneezes can spray small liquid droplets from the nose or mouth which may contain viruses including COVID-19.
If you have to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth, but not with your hand because you may touch your face with your hand or objects that could transmit the disease. Cough into the bend of your arm, and wash your clothes when you get home.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth since these touches may pick up the virus and transfer the virus.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.
Stay informed and follow the advice given by your healthcare provider.
Be especially careful if you go to hospitals. Epidemics have started in poorly maintained hospitals.
In addition to washing our hands with soap frequently for about 20 seconds, apply a disinfectant cleaner regularly to anything you touch at home like faucets, door and appliance handles, and light switches. Clean your hands often especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc.
Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
*CORONAVIRUS COVID-19: MUTATION INTO MORE POTENT STRAIN
There is a new war at the microscopic level on this planet and the coronavirus is winning and it’s Darwin’s fault.
A study in the National Science Review claims there’s a new, improved, nastier, and more aggressive model of the coronavirus that may be responsible for up to 70% of afflictions.
More will show exactly how the new virus evolved.
The UK confirmed cases are up to 85 and worldwide cases well up into the hundreds of thousands.
Incubation periods may be as low as 5 days and as high as 14 days.
New forms of the virus can live up to 10 days outside of a body.
The most likely way you’re going to get the disease is by your unclean hands on your face.
Standard and inexpensive surgical masks do very little in blocking small particles harboring the virus.
If worn properly, N95 respirator masks are much more effective, An N95 mask is the most practical one. It stops 95 percent of particles of a certain size.
An N99 mask blocks 99 percent of particles but is difficult to wear for long periods because it is hard to breathe through it.
If you are infected with a coronavirus, you should wear a mask to prevent spreading the infection. The debate is open as to whether non-infected people should wear masks when around other people or animals, but many believe they are reducing their risk for viruses, bacteria, pollution, and other threats if they wear an N95 mask which is selling out of stores.
In addition to practicing good everyday prevention through things such as hand washing and avoiding touching your face, the CDC says there is more you can do to take precautions against COVID-19 and reduce your risk of exposure:
Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces with limited air circulation. Defer all cruise ship travel worldwide, particularly if you also have underlying health issues. Avoid situations that put you at increased risk, including non-essential travel such as long plane trips.
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