With all the information circulating about Coronavirus, we have become familiar with the main concepts, but here are six things some people don’t know about the virus.
1. Its medical name is COVID-19
Although commonly referred to as Coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has named the virus COVID-19.
CO – stands for corona
VI – stands for virus
D – Stands for disease
19 – because it was first reported in Wuhan on 31 December 2019
The WHO choose this name to avoid implicating any animals and affiliating the virus with a location.
2. How to approach packages
Many people have a fear of opening packages that have come through delivery services. They are worried that they may be infected with the COVID-19 virus, but the truth is that the virus can only survive for a few hours – much like SARS and MERS viruses did as well. Experts from WHO and the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said, if you are handling any packages you should wash your hands right afterwards just to be safe. The primary means through which COVID-19 spreads is not through surface contamination, it’s via respiratory droplets.
3. Potential treatment
Since this is a virus, antibiotics are not used to treat it. And we currently don’t have treatments other than supportive care like giving fluids, respiratory support, or if a patient contracts a bacterial infections Doctors will top their treatment up with antibiotics.
4. A vaccine is on the way
The WHO recently said that a vaccine for COVID-19 is in the works and can potentially be completed 18 months from now. That sounds like a long way away, but if the situation continues to worsen it’s good to know that we have hope. In fact, there are some vaccines available now, but they are just entering the trial stages as they have to be tested to ensure safety before being administrated to the public.
5. Home remedies won’t work
If you think that you may have the COVID-19 virus, contact a health professional immediately! There are different ideas about treatment ranging from herbs, Vitamin C or even smoking cigarettes, but there is no proof that any of these work. If you have a high temperature or exhibit any of the other symptoms seek out the closest medical professional for treatment.
6. More misinformation
There is a ton of misinformation about the origin of COVID-19 which needlessly creates panic. The current prevailing theory is that the virus began in an animal and jumped to a human being.
Tilahun Kefyalew is an Ethiopian medical student at Chifeng Medical University in Inner Mongolia.