So, the new virus, the CoVid-19, is out and spreading around the world. What do we know about the new virus and what can we do to contain the virus as regular people?
Coronavirus – Copyright by CDC
On the left side we see a picture of the virus from the Coronavirus family, to which the CoVid-19 belongs.
Since its outbreak at the Wuhan province in China short time before Christmas the virus as spread very quickly to basically all over the word.
What we didn’t know when the CoVid-19 started to spread is, that, before any human can be tested for the virus, the virus had already infected the people. That was the scariest moment maybe when we read and heard and saw news all over newspapers, radio and the TV.
And around the same time, we also got news that the death rate will probably be lower than 1% and that the virus lays also on one level like an influenza disease. That’s good news.
Now comes the question for an antidote: That is, even if they are really fast in finding the antidote, still month away. Normally to find one, checked it thoroughly and run it through all medical test will take 10-15 years. But this time we are lucky: The CoVid-19 virus shows reactions to similar vaccines that are know already. I guess that we will be able to have a tested vaccine by the end of this year.
Until then, there are simple things we can do if we follow the NHS recommendations:
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately
- wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Source: NHS Coronavirus
If you might have already symptoms of a Coronavirus infection (coughing, high temperature and/or shortness of breath) call your GP. Please remember that all those symptoms are also common when you might have a cold or flu.
BTW: Hoarding of food and other things at home is nonsense.