Are you concerned about Coronavirus? There are actually many Coronavirus but the one that the public is currently worried about causes a disease known as COVID-19, a newly identified respiratory virus that can cause pneumonia. SARS and MERS are other forms of Coronavirus. Coronavirus is the talk of the town in 2020, and people are frightened and confused. COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan China Province and now has spread to at least 40 countries around the world including Italy, Iran, South Korea and even some cases on United States soil. Fears and concerns regarding Coronavirus have been affecting global travel and commerce as people are staying isolated in order to avoid potential exposure to the frightening new virus. In addition, the United States response has been slow and broadly criticized by the scientific and medical community.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include but are not limited to fever, cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, trouble breathing, body aches, sore throat or vomiting, and diarrhea. Some instances are mild, such as the common cold, while others are more likely to lead to pneumonia. COVID-19 is most commonly spread through direct contact with an infected person.
While there is no reason to panic as of yet professionals are sounding alarms and issuing warnings. "It's not so much a question of if this will happen anymore but rather more a question of exactly when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illness," said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the head of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC speaking about whether or not COVID-19 will possibly spread in some communities here in the United States.
Even the White House is involved in the response. "We're order a lot of supplies," President Trump told reporters on Friday. "We're ordering a lot of, uh, elements that, frankly, we wouldn't be ordering unless it was something like this. But we're ordering a lot of different elements of medical."
The good news is that protecting yourself from COVID-19 and other Coronavirus is pretty basic The CDC recommends that you wash your hands with soap and water before eating, after using the bathroom, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, and before and after caring for a sick friend or a family member.
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