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What exactly is Coronavirus?

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27th March 2020 by The Pacific Development Foundation

In 2020, a coronavirus pandemic started in Wuhan, China that has killed more than 14,000 people until now. The strain of coronavirus is known to have its origin in pangolins or bats. Read the article to know about the virus.  

Origin of Coronavirus

Coronaviruses can infect both animals and humans. The most common example of coronavirus is a severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), also known as the SARS-CoV. The disease spreads through human interaction and is transmitted through droplets. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, the droplets coming out of his mouth can infect the other person. Doctors have advised people to avoid close contact with people and maintain a 6 ft distance. 

Symptoms 

Coronavirus symptoms are similar to the flu but not exactly the same. The infected person will witness fever, dry cough, sore throat, breathlessness, and fatigue. In the worst cases, the disease can turn into pneumonia, which is extremely harmful to people with an illness or any kind of lung disease. 

Prevention

COVID-19 has infected thousands of people all around the world. Although the mortality rate of the disease is very low, it is dangerous for the elderly and children under age 5. Doctors and medical experts have advised people to stay indoors and avoid unnecessary contact with people. The only prevention of the disease is to wash your hands, maintain good hygiene, and practice social distancing. 

As the situation is evolving, COVID-19 can turn into a more dangerous virus than others, including influenza. It is still a challenge to find effective prevention against the virus, but these steps have proven to be beneficial. 

Treatment

No treatment or antiviral vaccine has been formulated until now that can fight off the virus, but the researchers are experimenting now to find a cure. All the best research centers in the world are working day and night to find a cure for coronavirus. 

It is expected that a vaccine might take about a year or 1 ½ year to come in the market until then countries are working hard to fight the pandemic. Locals are advised to follow the government guidelines and seek medical help in case you witness any symptoms.

Blood-tests for immunological responses to COVID-19.

The Pacific Development Foundation and KlickEx are one step closer to importing more than 250,000 COVID-19 test kits to the Pacific Islands. They are relatively inexpensive, compared to clinical diagnostic tests, but still hold merit even at costs less than 9% of the “full” tests being done by clinicians all over the world. Immune tests do not tell you if you “have” COVID-19, but are good at giving an indication whether you “have had it” – which, in early stages of a novel pandemic, are similar statistics. 

Click on the link for more information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Blood-test

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