What You Should Know About This Common Virus
Until recently, scientists knew the new coronavirus only as the cause of a rare childhood disorder called Shingles. As of today, scientists know that this virus is much more common than previously thought, with nearly half of all cases of Shingles being caused by this virus. Researchers also know that most Shingles cases are not fatal, and that most people recover from their condition, but the virus may cause an allergic reaction, such as swelling of the throat, fever, or nausea. Because of this, it’s important to be aware of how this virus can affect your health.
In a recent study, scientists discovered the existence of a strain of the disease that was resistant to every known antiviral drug. Scientists still aren’t certain whether this is a real threat to public health or if this will mean that the next big wave of medications for Shingles will fail to work.
The new strain of the virus doesn’t fit neatly into any category of flu or SARS-like virus, but it does have one thing in common: it was able to enter the human population through infected animals. It infected cattle and horses, and then the virus went to infect humans. If you suspect you’ve contracted the new strain of the virus, your best bet is to seek medical attention right away, even if it seems like your symptoms are more of the flu.
Like other types of this disease, this virus causes a lot of pain and discomfort in most patients. It may be difficult to tell exactly what your body is feeling because the symptoms often vary widely from patient to patient. However, there are some general symptoms that most people who experience this disease will experience:
Fever. The most common symptom is high fever, which is usually between 101 and 105 degrees Fahrenheit. This may be accompanied by a loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, chills, and headaches.
Rash. The rashes typically appear on one or both sides of the body and may start as a red rash, then quickly evolve into blisters. These rashes can be painful, but are often easily treated.
There is good news: the virus can’t spread easily to other people. Because of this, it is unlikely that people who are vaccinated against this virus will contract the disease, meaning you can’t pass it on to another person just by sharing towels, toys, etc.
Unfortunately, the virus is extremely contagious, meaning that it can easily infect another human host and transfer it to another person. If an individual touches another’s cough or sneeze, they can transfer the virus through the air into their own body.
Because of these characteristics, the virus may spread between people and other animals, which means that even if the animal is vaccinated, they can still get the disease from an infected animal. Therefore, anyone who has an animal (cattle, horses, birds, cats, etc) should be checked for the virus regularly, especially if they spend a lot of time outside.
If a person contracts the virus, they will show one of several different symptoms. The symptoms may appear immediately or gradually. These include:
Fever, headache, cough, and/or a fever. Headache is the first symptom of this disease. It often leads to loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and vomiting. A cough that feels like watery diarrhea will accompany it, which can be accompanied by a change in appetite.
Shortness of breath. The lung and breathing passages will become inflamed. When the throat becomes infected, coughing will result in wheezing, difficulty breathing, or hoarseness.
Abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. The lungs may be swollen and irritated due to the infection, which may lead to fatigue.
An illness with a scaly and yellowish-green skin rash. The rash can cover the whole body, although it rarely affects the face or the head.
Contact your child’s parents if you suspect he or she has contracted the disease. They may have had a fever or other problem prior to getting the virus, so you may be able to catch it before your child gets sick.