Coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2 as it’s officially named is a virus that appeared in late 2019 and generated headlines all over the world due to its unprecedented speed of transmission.
On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) was informed of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. A novel coronavirus (SARS coronavirus-2 ( SARS-CoV-2 )) was subsequently identified from patient samples. The origin of the virus is controversial and politically sensitive.
COVID-19 is also used to refer to coronavirus, it stands for Coronavirus disease 2019, this is the disease that is caused by contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Symptoms of Coronavirus
The symptoms list for coronavirus keeps on changing due to the emergence of new variants, and sometimes it doesn’t cause any symptoms at all.
The date range for carrying the virus before symptoms develop can vary, sometimes you’ll carry it for two days and sometimes you can carry it for two weeks before symptoms show.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus include:
- Coughing, which gets more severe.
- Runny nose
- Shortness of breath
Less common symptoms include:
- Muscle pains
- Loss of taste and/or smell
- Finger and toe discolouration
- Pink eye
Causes of Coronavirus
Coronavirus and its variants are zoonotic in nature, which means that it develops in animals before it is transmitted to humans. In order for the virus to be spread to humans from an animal, the person needs to be in contact with an animal that has been infected.
Once the person catches the virus, it can then be transmitted from person to person through
Respiratory droplets, which is the scientific term for the wet droplets that we exhale, cough, and sneeze. The viral material is contained within these droplets and can be spread when you inhale, as the droplets go into your lungs and windpipe.
You can also acquire coronavirus by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes after touching a contaminated surface. Coronavirus can also dissolve into particles and moisture and remain in the air for hours.
The inhalation of respiratory droplets through close contact with people is thought to be the most common way the virus spreads.
Treatments for Coronavirus
If you feel like you may potentially have Coronavirus because you’re feeling unwell and have any of the symptoms listed above, then you can take a Private PCR Coronavirus Test, which will get you rapid access to COVID-19 testing through either an antibody test or a PCR test.