Many people across the globe are wondering about this new virus called the “Coronavirus!” or Covid-19.
What is it? How is it spread? But the biggest question is… Are we all in danger? In this article we will be explaining what the Coronavirus is, what has caused it and more!
What is the Coronavirus?
The Coronavirus is a large group of viruses with the core of genetic material. It has a crown-like outer body which is how it got its name. Crown in Latin is “Corona.” There are two main types which can cause respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms. The symptoms can range from the common cold to pneumonia. This may sound bad but for a lot of people it is very unlikely. Sadly, there are types of Coronavirus that can cause severe disease such as SARS (Severe accrue respiratory syndrome) MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome)
What are MERS and SARS?
Here is a little bit more about MERS and SARS… (the two main diseases of Coronavirus):
MERS is an illness that is associated with the Coronavirus and can cause bad damage to your respiratory system. Around 3-4 out of 10 people have died from MERS. MERS does not affect specific people but it can range from anyone from under 1 years old to over 99!
SARS is another respiratory system disease but not as dangerous. It affects only 1-2 in 10 people.not many people had it. SARS is spread very much like the common cold or flu, by people spreading the germs through the air. However, it can be spread by the infected person touching a surface and spreading the germs. This is why especially at the moment everyone needs to wash their hands a lot more and it is advised to carry hand sanitiser just in case.
There are a lot of similar symptoms of Coronavirus to cold or flu. Some of these include: Difficulty breathing and other breathing-related problems like shortness of breath, sneezing a lot, coughing and wheezing, high temperature and feeling tired all the time. A lot of people struggle to tell straight away if it is CoV but the best thing to do is be safe and wait and see if you have all the symptoms and if so get a doctor to check you out!
How is the Coronavirus spread?
People have a small idea of how the Coronavirus is spread. Usually, it is by people that have it coughing or sneezing in the same proximity of you or spreading the germs on a surface. It is unlikely to be spread by any food or packaging.
– Wash your hands with soap and water often and do it for at least 20 seconds.
– Try and use hand sanitiser when you go outside or after a while just to be safe.
– Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or a shirt when you sneeze or cough. Not your hands.
– Put tissues in the bin straight away and don’t touch any surfaces with it.
– Do not touch your eyes, mouth or nose when your hands are dirty.
– Make sure to stay hygienic at all times.
The Primeminister, Boris Johnson, will be providing us with daily updates so we will give you information as we get it. All that we know so far is:
– That people have been asked to keep children at home if they show any symptoms, for 7 days.
– Also, if anyone who lives with someone showing symptoms should self-isolate for 14days.
– Elderly (70+) and pregnant women are classed as vulnerable and therefore should self-isolate until further notice.
We expect more updates on schools and procedures in the coming days. In the meantime, take care everyone and follow the Government’s advice.