The latest medical threat that shook the world is the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus in Wuhan, China. At first, it barely appeared on the radar. Within just a few days, however, the outbreak became full-blown, affecting thousands of people.
Up to date, the death toll of the Coronavirus outbreak is 200 and rising.
What is the Novel Coronavirus?
The Novel Coronavirus, officially known as 2019-nCoV is one of the strains of coronaviruses that typically affect animals. It’s similar to SARS and MERS, albeit at a lesser or milder degree. Right now, it’s important to know that 2019-nCoV is still developing, and medical experts are still trying to get further information from it. The count of infected cases is still climbing as well.
The 2019-nCoV originated from the province of Wuhan, China. It’s suspected that an exotic animal market is responsible for virus delivery because of unsanitary conditions and high numbers of butchered bats, snakes, and rats.
Signs & Symptoms of Coronavirus
The first sign of Coronavirus infection is a common cold that will progress to a runny nose. Eventually, the mild sickness will lead to intense fever, difficulty of breathing, sepsis, and death. Children and the elderly are vulnerable from Coronavirus because of their weak immune system.
How is Coronavirus Transmitted?
Coronaviruses, particularly the 2019-nCoV, is transmitted through human-to-human contact. This is the reason why you need to limit your time in public places and be as sanitary as possible.
It’s advisable to keep updated regarding the development of Coronavirus so that you’ll know is there are other transmission methods.
Treatment & Preventative Measures
A person infected with the Coronavirus will be subjected to round-the-clock quarantine. Currently, there’s no specific treatment for Coronavirus – just supportive care and management of symptoms. In addition, the quarantine center will ensure that the infected person receives full support for vital organ functions.
Preventing the contraction of the disease requires monitoring and adjustment on your part. According to Ontario Public Health, you need to properly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 15 seconds. Also, you should limit your contact with people who have severe cough and colds. Try your best to improve your immune system through proper nutrition, hydration, and vitamin intake.
Some of the best foods that can boost your immune system:
- Oranges and Guava
- Green leafy vegetables
- Lemon & lemon water
At this challenging time, it’s wise to stay away from fast foods and processed foods. The main reason is that these foods cause inflammation that can compromise your immune system.
What You Need to Know About Hand Sanitation
Another useful preventative measure is hand sanitation. Nowadays, you can purchase compact hand sanitizers in grocery stores and specialty shops. Alcohol-based sanitizers are highly popular because of their effectiveness in limiting the transmission of coronaviruses.
You should look for an alcohol sanitizer that has around 60-70% content. This is according to the studies and observations of University of Toronto professor James Scott. He also stated that 100% alcohol content in sanitizers is also less effective. The main reason is the powerful virus-killing capability of water once mixed with alcohol.
It’s wise to stock up on hand sanitizers nowadays, but don’t hoard them. Always consider hand sanitizers as backup solutions that will improve your hygiene practice.
Going Out in Public
If you’ve been in a public place for longer than 8 hours, do your best not to touch your face, mouth, and nose. It’s important that you wash your hands before doing so. Cover your mouth if you need to cough or use a wad of tissue and dispose of it properly afterwards. Don’t forget to bring your face mask.
And if you’re really feeling sick, it’s better to stay at home to recuperate. This way, you can regain your health and you won’t be able to spread whatever ailment you’re currently experiencing.
Coronavirus may be scary but you shouldn’t panic. As long as you boost your nutrition and follow proper hygienic practices, you will be safe.
Here at Lancaster Dental, we constantly monitor the progression of the Coronavirus outbreak. If you have concerns or questions, feel free to contact us anytime.