How to Fight Coronavirus
What is it?
The coronavirus is a virus that may cause a severe acute respiratory syndrome. Because of its cellular resemblance to the corona that may be seen during a solar eclipse, it was named the coronavirus.
A virus is a unique organism. It is neither alive nor is it dead. It is able to survive in very harsh environments for long periods of time without replicating. The purpose of a virus is to invade a cell by implanting the its own DNA into the host. This may disrupt the genetic unfolding and alter the DNA of the host resulting in the inflammation of the cell, tissue, and organ(s). Consequently, this viral invasion may lead to organ dysfunction.
On a positive note, the coronavirus is a mild virus. It may cause coughing, low body fever, headaches, body aches, sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose. Although, if you have a strong immune system you will most likely not experience any of the above symptoms. But if you have an underlying condition, are over 50 years of age, or are immunocompromised, the coronavirus does have the potential to do some harm. While many people fear the coronavirus, it is important to understand that it is only dangerous when contributing or adding on to an underlying condition.
Other “mild” viruses you may be familiar with include:
- Common Cold
- Chicken Pox
However, not all viruses can be classified as “mild.” In fact, there are many viruses which are quite potent when infecting the human body. Listed are a few examples of these more potent viruses:
A very potent virus is capable of triggering an acute or severe response in a relatively short period of time. When compared to mild viruses, like the coronavirus, matters can get complicated as negative effects are compounded together with preexisting conditions. (see an example scenario below)
One way to distinguish the more mild viruses to more potent ones is to recognize that a mild virus generally acts as an accelerant of disease while a potent virus is capable of causing enough harm to be lethal without the aid of preexisting or underlying conditions. Remember, the primary job of a virus is to implant its DNA into the body. Once it does so, the infected human cells begin to fail and cause gene malfunction or improper gene expression. Extreme caution should be taken when dealing with a potent virus since it may accompanied with major health challenges, complications, and sometimes death. Fortunately, with a more mild virus, like the coronavirus (COVID-19), the ability to recover is probable. Intensive medical care should only be necessary with cases where the patient already had a preexisting condition, is immunocompromised, or elderly.
Symptoms of the Coronavirus
Mild: Runny nose, sore throat, cough, congestion, body aches, headaches, sneezing, watery eyes, low grade fever.
It is possible to be asymptomatic and still test positive for the virus.
Fever above 100.4 or lasts more than 12 hours, respiratory symptoms, labored breathing, persistent cough, shortness of breath, sinus infection, mucus, sore throat, earache, fatigue, drowsiness, dehydration, vomiting, chest or abdominal pain.
Seek medical advice.
Similar reported symptoms as above in addition to: respiratory distress with a respiratory rate greater than 30 times per minute, oxygen saturation less than 93%, partial oxygen pressure less than 300 mmHg
If these symptoms persist for more than 12 hours, intensive medical care may be required.
Respiratory failure, shock, lung failure. Mechanical assistance needed. Intensive care unit required.
The coronavirus is a novel human-infecting beta-coronavirus originating from an animal host. Its genetic make-up is similar to SARS-CoV, a virus originating from the chrysanthemum-head bat. One characteristic of the present coronavirus (COVID-19) is that it binds with the human angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor gene, similarly to SARS-CoV.
There are two factors that contribute to the higher fatality rate of COVID-19. First, the ACE2 enzyme is expressed in type II alveolar lung cells. There is a strong suggestion that Asian males have a large number of ACE2-expressing cells in the lungs, which may partially explain the male predominance of COVID-19. The second contributing factor is dependent on the prevalence of smoking within a specific demographic. These two factors alone can increase the fatality rate to a range between 8% to 15%. Without these two factors the case-fatality rate may decrease significantly to the range of only 1% to 2%, similar to the fatality rate of the seasonal flu.
For additional information and research on COVID-19, check out the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The treatment of a patient tested positive for COVID-19 is similar to the treatment of pneumonia. It primarily consists of supportive care and oxygen supplementation, as needed. Corticosteroids have not been recommended. Effective treatment has yet to be determined.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” In order to minimize the risk of infection it is recommended that you take the following measures to protect you and your loved ones:
- Build up your immune system
- Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds
- Use a tissue to cover you cough or sneeze and then throw it away
- Drink plenty of water
- Practice social distancing
- Stay home if you are sick
- Maintain good hygiene (be sure to shower daily)
- Reduce/eliminate inflammatory foods from your diet such as complex carbs and sugars
- Avoid drinking alcohol and using tobacco products
- Get adequate sleep every night
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
- Build up your immune system
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If you experience severe or persistent symptoms seek professional medical advice.