What is a ‘novel’ coronavirus?
A novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new strain of coronavirus.
The disease caused by the novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China, has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – ‘CO’ stands for corona, ‘VI’ for virus, and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as ‘2019 novel coronavirus’ or ‘2019-nCoV.’
The COVID-19 virus is a new virus linked to the same family of viruses as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and some types of common cold.
Symptoms of Covid-19
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing:
Some people have experienced the loss of smell or taste.
The severity of COVID-19 symptoms can range from very mild to severe. Some people may have no symptoms at all. People who are older or who have existing chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes, or who have compromised immune systems may be at higher risk of serious illness. This is similar to what is seen with other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza.
The new coronavirus appears to be causing sudden strokes in adults in their 30s and 40s who are not otherwise terribly ill, doctors reported.
There’s growing evidence that Covid-19 infection can cause the blood to clot in unusual ways, and stroke would be an expected consequence of that.
When possible, avoid contact with others when you are sick. It is also possible to spread the virus if you don’t have symptoms. The CDC now recommends that everyone wear a cloth mask in public to prevent spreading the virus. It should cover your mouth and nose. Continue to keep 6 feet between you and others.
What is the best way to wash hands properly?
Step 1: Wet hands with running water
Step 2: Apply enough soap to cover wet hands
Step 3: Scrub all surfaces of the hands – including back of hands, between fingers and under nails – for at least 20 seconds.
Step 4: Rinse thoroughly with running water
Step 5: Dry hands with a clean cloth or single-use towel
Wash your hands often, especially before eating; after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; and going to the bathroom.
Should I Be Tested?
While doctors have discretion on ordering tests, most depend on some type of risk assessment, based on CDC guidance, to decide how likely it is that people asking for the test were exposed to the virus.
It’s worth noting that different doctors may assess risk in different ways, however, so some providers may be more willing to order tests than others. The number of tests available also factors into their decision. “We’re still not ready to test people just because they want to know because we don’t have even tests.
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