A coronavirus is a kind of common virus that causes an infection in your nose, sinuses or upper throat. Most coronaviruses are not dangerous.
Coronaviruses were first identified in the 1960s, but we do not know where they come from. They get their name from their crown-like shape. Sometimes but not often, A coronavirus can infect both animals and humans.
Most coronaviruses spread the same way other cold-causing viruses do: through infected people coughing and sneezing, by touching an infected person’s hands or face, or by touching things such as doorknobs that infected people have touched.
Almost everyone gets a coronavirus infection at least once in their life, most likely as a young child. In the United states coronaviruses are more common in the fall and winter, but anyone can come down with a coronavirus infection at any time.
Severe Coronavirus Outbreaks Include:
COVID-19: In early 2020, after a December 2019 outbreak in China, the World Health Organization (WHO) identified a new type, 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which can be fatal. The organization named the virus severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and named the disease it causes COVID-19. The outbreak quickly moved from China around the world. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Common Symptoms of Coronavirus
The symptoms of most common coronaviruses are similar to any other upper respiratory infection, including runny nose, coughing, sore throat, and sometimes like a fever. In most cases, you would not know whether you have a coronavirus or a different cold-causing virus, such as rhinovirus.
People who seem to be at highest risk for serious illness from COVID-19 are adults over the age of 60 or people who have underlying medical conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or cancer. The highest number of deaths in China-22%- has been in adults over age 80.
Doctors Advised Taking Everyday Precautions As Written Below:
- Avoid people who are sick.
- Wash your hands often.
- Avoid touching surfaces in public places(like elevator buttons and door handles).
- Avoid crowds.
March 10, 2020 — As testing for COVID-19, expands, cases are being picked up across the U.S., confirming what disease experts have predicted: that the virus has been here for some time and is making people sick.
That can make the occasional cough and sneeze suspicious. Is this COVID-19? How would you know if you have it?
The most detailed breakdown of symptoms of the disease comes from a recent World Health Organization analysis of more than 55,000 confirmed cases in China. Here are the most common symptoms and the percentage of people who had them:
- Fever 88%
- Dry cough 68%
- Fatigue 38%
- Coughing up sputum, or thick phlegm, from the lungs 33%
- Shortness of breath: 19%
- Bone or Joint pain: 15%
- Sore throat: 14%
- Headache 14%
- Chills: 11%
- Nausea and Vomiting: 5%
- Stuffy Nose: 5%
- Diarrhea: 4%
- Coughing up blood: 1%
- Swollen Eyes: 1%