coronavirus is not the next bubonic plague, but…
Did you study history? You have heard about Europe’s ‘black death.’ This was the bubonic plague. It was caused by the bacteria yersinia pestis and it didn’t affect only Europe.
Large parts of the Middle East and Asia were also affected. In all, the Yersinia pestis bacteria killed 33% of Europe’s population and 25% of the world’s population in 4 years.
Now we are dealing with what may be close to its modern equivalent – the coronavirus.
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What is Coronavirus?
This section will explain what coronavirus is since you are probably wondering about this. If you are active on social media platforms, or if you read/watch the news, you have noticed that the coronavirus is literally mentioned everywhere.
“But why is everyone afraid of the virus? Is it that bad?” The answer to your question is, “No, coronavirus is not that bad, but it has caused some deaths around the world – mostly in the elderly and people suffering from pre-existing conditions.”
There are many viruses out there that belong to the coronavirus family. Most common colds and flu do. The current coronavirus that everyone is scared of and is talking about is COVID19. Scientists first learned about it in the 1960s.
They called it coronavirus because its viral cells have a crown shape at the top. Coronavirus initially only infected birds and other mammals, but it soon spread to humans.
The virus affects each type of species differently. It infects your upper respiratory system. As mentioned earlier, most common colds belong to the coronavirus family.
The good news is that 80% of people who get coronavirus will recover after 3-6 weeks without needing to see a doctor at all.
How is Coronavirus Spread?
Now that you know more about coronavirus, you may be wondering, “How is coronavirus spread?” The answer is that it’s spread primarily through close contact with bodily fluids.
The droplets that are produced must be large and can only travel six feet. They are generally produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The droplets have to land inside of an oral cavity like the mouth or nose to do much harm though.
You can also be infected if you breathe the droplets in. note that some people can have COVID19 and appear to be perfectly healthy, though this is rare. This is the reason why health professionals and officials are recommending/requiring everyone to stay confined at home for a while.
Who is at The Greatest Risk?
Now that you understand why public places around the world are shutting down for a while, you need to know who is at greatest risk for COVID19.
The elderly and people with other medical problems (congenital or acquired) are at the most risk. You are at greatest risk of getting COVID19 if one (or more) of the following applies to you:
- You are at least 65 years old
- You live around contained groups of people. Good examples are nursing homes and/or long-term care facilities
- You have asthma or another chronic lung illness
- You have heart disease (acquired or congenital)
- You have a weakened immune system
- You are extremely fat and/or have other medical conditions
- You are pregnant
How do You Keep From Getting Coronavirus?
Now that you know more about what the much talked about coronavirus is and who is most likely to get (a severe case) of it, you need to know how to protect yourself.
Since you can’t get a vaccine that will protect you from the virus, and since there are no known medicines available to help you get better once you get covid19, you need to know the natural ways to prevent yourself from getting it.
One thing you can do to protect yourself is to make sure that your hands are always clean. This means washing them with soap and water for about half a minute whenever you have been outside, or when you have just coughed, sneezed, or blown your nose.
Using a hand sanitizer will add another layer of protection for you. Make sure that the brand you use has the main ingredient that is no less than 60% alcohol. Always make sure your hands are washed and clean when you touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Many health professionals also suggest that you practice ‘social distancing.’ You essentially isolate yourself by staying at home for a long period of time when you do this.
Can Coronavirus be Treated?
Unfortunately, conventional medicines and antibiotics will not kill corona since it’s a virus, and medicines and antibiotics only work on bacteria. However, if you get covid19, and you see a doctor, he or she can help you feel better and can shorten the time that you have coronavirus by treating its symptoms which are similar to those of the common cold.
Of course, you can always take over-the-counter medications for colds if you want some relief from coronavirus’s symptoms. You can, for example, take aspirin and products containing aspirin. You can also take Robitussin. However, the most effective remedies are the simplest ones.
Those include constantly drinking fluids like water and broth or fruit juice. You should also rest often. Make sure that the air you breathe is full of moisture. You can use a humidifier to do this.
You should also take lots of steamy baths and showers often. This will clear out your nose and help you breathe better.
You can Now Breathe a Sigh of Relief
Now that you have some basic information about the coronavirus, you can take steps to protect yourself!