Coronavirus is an infectious disease with different types, the latest of which is referred to as “COVID-19”. Basically, it can cause a number of infections, ranging from the common cold to other diseases such as the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
According to a report published by the China-WHO Joint Mission in 2019, the coronavirus can infect both humans and animals. The virus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019.
Although it has been globally known as (COVID-19), this is not the official name of the virus. In fact, the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses calls it “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2” (SARS-CoV-2). It is also referred to by the World Health Organization as “COVID-19”, so as not to confuse it with the SARS epidemic. It is also commonly referred to as the novel coronavirus or the 2019 coronavirus.What are the symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Symptoms are mild in about 80% of the cases. They usually recover without the need for a special treatment. Although the number of cases is increasing worldwide, the death rate still doesn’t exceed 3.4%. The most common symptoms include fever, fatigue, and a dry cough. However, some people get infected and never show any symptoms or even feel sick. In severe cases, the infection can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and even kidney failure.
When do symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19) appear? According to the latest research published by the “Annals of Internal Medicine” periodical, the average incubation period is 5.1 days before any symptoms appear. 97% of those who carry the virus start to show symptoms after 11.5 days.
ccording to the World Health Organization, the elderly are more likely to develop more severe symptoms. This makes the virus life-threatening for those who are 80 years or older. People with chronic conditions, such as respiratory problems, heart conditions, diabetes, and high blood pressure, should also be more careful.
Source: World Health Organization