INFORMATION REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS
What is a coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a common type of virus that infects people and animals. They usually cause mild illness in people, with typical upper respiratory symptoms. As is the case with other viruses (influenza being the most important example), a virus strain that infects animals can mutate and transmit to humans, creating a more severe illness. Usually this doesn’t cause big problems, as these animal to human transmissions are not able to have person to person transmission. On rare occasions, an animal to human transmitted virus becomes contagious to other people. This is what is thought to have happened with the COVID-19 (the current coronavirus that is causing all of the problems).
There are several factors that make COVID-19 so concerning:
– It is quite contagious from person to person.
– It has a 14 day incubation period where it can be contagious before symptoms appear.
– A significant percentage of infected people have little to no symptoms, yet they can still spread the infection to others.
– For those who do get the illness, there is a much higher percentage who have serious, even fatal complications.
The virus has spread rapidly from China, despite the quarantines and other aggressive measures to control spread of the virus. Most public health officials feel that it is very likely we will face a pandemic (serious infection that affects a high percentage of the world population) in the near future. How soon? It’s too early to tell. But we do feel it is time to prepare (see below).Поділитися цим: