Warning: The coronavirus has reached the US; symptoms and prevention

The mysterious novel coronavirus has reached the United States, after the breakout from China, despite early warning and all precautionary measures. Originating in Wuhan, China, the deadly virus has begun its spread in the U.S., after infecting more than 1,400 people worldwide and killing more than 41 people in mainland China alone.

The first confirmed cases of the virus has just been discovered, with one middle-aged man in Washington and another older woman in Chicago being hospitalized after being confirmed to carry the virus. The most threatening part is that we still don’t have a clear idea of how the virus spreads, except for the fact that it can spread from human-to-human. Scientists are working on a cure for the virus, as the RNA sequence has already been released. (UPDATE: There is now a third patient in the U.S., confirmed to be a traveler from China to California.)

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Symptoms of the Wuhan coronavirus

The first thing you need to do if you experience any symptoms is to go to a hospital and get yourself checked. It is better to stay on the safer side. Source: CDC, WHO via CNN

Common Symptoms

  • Headache and malaise
  • Runny nose
  • Cough or sore throat
  • Muscle pain

Potential complications

  • High fever (above 100.4°F)
  • Trouble breathing
  • Pneumonia
  • Kidney failure
  • Sepsis, or even death

The coronavirus, which was first spread from animal to human, has been confirmed to be able to spread from human to human. It is important to avoid physical contact from people that are sick and regularly wash your hands.

The Wuhan virus is reviving memories of SARS in Hong Kong. | Image: AP PHOTO/KIN CHEUNG

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Prevention of the disease

Here are some basic precautions you need to take in order to prevent catching the disease This is important as it is confirmed for human-to-human transmission. Share these tips with your friends and family!

Avoid close contact with people that look sick or show signs of respiratory illness (coughing, sneezing, etc.), according to the World Health Organization. Since scientists believe that the disease spreads with human contact, it is better to wear a surgical mask when you are at work, or near large groups of people, especially if people you know are coughing often.

Scientists also believe that the disease spread from animals originally. Do not take meat from unknown sources and cook your eggs and other meat thoroughly. People with potential symptoms should avoid live animal markets and raw meats as those people are “considered at higher risk of severe disease,” according to the WHO.

Maintain a better hygiene standard than usual. Wash your hands often (at least 20 seconds) with soap and water, especially around meals. It is better to give your home a good cleaning and replace sheets if you have coughed on them.

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Source: CNN

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