Coronavirus – What To Know

Coronavirus – What To Know

Bayview Hospital wants to educate you on the things you need to know about the Coronavirus. This is a new strain of the Coronavirus identified by Chinese authorities on January 7 and is currently named 2019-nCoV, this strain had not been previously identified in humans. The name coronavirus comes from the Latin word corona, meaning crown or halo. Under an electron microscope, the image of the virus is reminiscent of a solar corona. As a tourist destination, we believe that knowledge is the best way to prevent the further spread of this virus.

What is Coronavirus?

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold, headaches, difficulty breathing to more severe diseases such as Middle East respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).  These viruses are transmitted between animals and people. SARS, for instance, was believed to have been transmitted from civet cats to humans while MERS travelled from a type of camel to humans.


What is Coronavirus Bayiew Hospital


There are a number known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

Little is known about 2019-nCoV, even though human-to-human transmission has been confirmed.

Common human coronaviruses, including types 229E, NL63, OC43, and HKU1, usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. Most people get infected with these viruses at some point in their lives. These illnesses usually only last for a short amount of time.


Symptoms of Coronavirus Bayview Hospital


Symptoms of Coronavirus may include:
  • runny nose
  • headache
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • fever
  • a general feeling of being unwell

Human coronaviruses can sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. This is more common in people with cardiopulmonary disease, people with weakened immune systems, infants, and older adults.



Coronovirus - Diagnosis


Your healthcare provider may order laboratory tests on respiratory specimens and serum (part of your blood) to detect human coronaviruses. Laboratory testing is more likely to be used if you have severe disease or are suspected of having MERS.

If you are experiencing symptoms, you should tell your healthcare provider about any recent travel or contact with animals. Most MERS-CoV infections have been reported from countries in the Arabian Peninsula. Therefore reporting a travel history or contact with camels or camel products is very important when trying to diagnose MERS.



Precautions - Bayview Hospital


There are currently no vaccines available to protect you against human coronavirus infection.

You may be able to reduce your risk of infection by doing the following:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick


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