Coronavirus has undoubtedly become one of the most disruptive viruses that has been seen for a generation. What hasn’t helped matters is that unfortunately a lot of countries were not prepared from the outset. This is in terms of not having enough Personal Protective Equipment, as well as not being fully aware of the overall impact that it was going to have on each country.
One thing is for sure though, the public by and large have been extremely sensible when it comes to maintaining a safe distance from others. In addition to this, the population by and large have adhered to the suggestions of not visiting people in different households, as well as keeping their levels of hygiene up to exceptionally high standards.
The known symptoms
Of course, there are a lot of different symptoms which has had an impact on what people are classing as viral. For example, people that are sneezing may simply attribute this to hay fever. Unfortunately, this can also be a major symptom of coronavirus. When those that have this do not self-isolate away from the general population, it means that they are putting other people at risk of contracting the virus.
Likewise, a mucous cough is something which a lot of smokers have. However, this does not happen overnight and instead it can take a long period of time for this to appear. Unfortunately, a mucous cough is also one of the key signs of coronavirus infection. There is also one more coronavirus symptom that you can add to the list and be aware of.
One note of concern is that those of Afro-Caribbean heritage and also of Asian heritage may be more susceptible to infection. This is due to the fact that their genetic makeup has certain variants in it which means that the virus is able to take advantage of this and make the infection even worse. Due to this, it is extremely important that those that from these backgrounds as well protected. In addition to this, everything must be done in order to ensure that the elderly are also protected during this dangerous and trying time. For those that also have respiratory problems, they need to take particular care due to them already being at a disadvantage. People in this group include those that have asthma as well as bronchitis and emphysema. It should also be noted that those that have Cystic Fibrosis are also classed as being in the vulnerable group. The reason for this is that as Cystic Fibrosis progresses; it can have an extremely detrimental impact on the lungs. This is to the extent that lung function is diminished. Again, those with CF should be particularly careful during this pandemic.
The next step
Now that companies including Roche are able to carry out antibody testing to determine who has already had Coronavirus, the next step is moving towards a vaccine. As far as experts know just now, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of substantial evidence that the virus is mutating. The good news about that is that a new vaccine will not need to be created each year. This means that it should be possible to significantly curb the rate of infection to the extent that it no longer becomes an issue. For this to take place though, the vaccine needs to be administered in addition to people continuing to be sensible with respect to the spread of infection.
The unfortunate issue though is that there is also a lot of misinformation available online when it comes to coronavirus. This wrong information is spreading like wildfire on social media and it can be difficult to focus on the real, hard facts. However, by looking to sources that are well respected and cite where they have gotten their information from, it means that the public can then rely the real and factual information. This in turn can help to keep people safe and secure. This is the way that this virus is going to be beaten.