Coronavirus – How it Can Affect Your Family and Future Family Members
In spite of the fact that this deadly virus has not been reported in the United States for over a decade, hospital doctors and public health officials continue to advise that everyone who contracts it should seek medical attention for the life-threatening effects of coronavirus. This disease is also known as severe acute respiratory syndrome or SARS.
The virus is found in the respiratory systems of infected animals such as birds, monkeys, bats, and birds, as well as in animal contact with humans who are sick with the disease. Infected people are more likely to spread the virus by touching their noses and coughing than by just being in close contact with an infected animal or person.
Cases of illness are reported in four countries: China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Malaysia. The largest number of cases has been reported in China. According to the World Health Organization, the outbreak began in a traveling circus performer in Shanghai.
The virus can infect any part of the body where human cells are present. Most people who contract the virus experience short-term symptoms such as high fever, cough, and chest pain. These symptoms usually disappear within three days to a week.
Serious complications include pneumonia, bleeding, and eye infections. Many individuals have died from this virus, and thousands of children have been left with lifelong disabilities. In some cases, the people infected with the virus do not know they have contracted it until they begin to develop symptoms.
It is important to note that this respiratory tract infection is not a contagious disease. However, when an infected person coughs or sneezes droplets of mucus may be released into the air. These droplets can make people who breathe them ill, since some may be able to pick up the virus by inhaling these droplets.
Health care workers and animal handlers may transfer the virus to other patients during the procedure. The virus can live on surfaces and in the mouth for extended periods of time.
Even the use of hand sanitizer may cause an individual to become infected. Although these products do not contain the virus themselves, they have bacteria that are similar to the one that causes this respiratory infection.
Because hand wash products may contain the bacteria that are dangerous to the human body, health care workers and health care providers are reminded to follow proper hand washing procedures for disinfecting their hands. A physician should examine any patients with unexplained outbreaks of cough and fever and should order tests for the virus.
Although not many cases of the virus have been reported, if someone in your family has had this disease, you should get yourself tested as soon as possible. There are some symptoms that are less obvious, but are symptoms nonetheless.
This virus is highly contagious and once it starts, it cannot be stopped; there is no stopping it once it is started. Since the time of the outbreak was more than a decade ago, a cure for this virus is still unknown.
Unfortunately, we do not know if the cases will return and how many people will be affected. For this reason, people from all over the world are encouraged to visit their local public health department if they experience anything out of the ordinary. In addition, it is advised that if you work with animals that may be infected with the virus, contact your employer to have the infection treated immediately.