Coroma virus symptoms: Self-check and how do I protect myself
The virus cell is pretty large in size, about 400-500nm in diameter. Therefore any normal mask should be able to filter the virus out. However, when an infected person sneezes in front of you, the viruses from his mouth will take time to settle to the ground. During the time when the viruses are airborne, there is a danger of other persons being infected.
If the viruses drop on to a metal surface, the viruses can live for at least twelve hours. Therefore if we come into contact with any metal surface, metal handrails, for example, we need to wash our hands thoroughly with soap and water.
The viruses can remain active on fabric for up to twelve hours. Normal laundry detergent should kill the viruses. For winter items of clothing that do not require daily washing, we can put these items out under the sun to kill the viruses.
The symptoms of pneumonia caused by Coronavirus and the sequence of infection are as follows:
(1) The viruses will first infect the throat. The throat will have the dry sore throat feeling, which will last for three to four days.
(2) Then the viruses will blend into the nasal fluid and drips into the trachea and enter the lung, causing pneumonia. This process will take five to six days.
(3) With pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing. The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. One will feel like being drowned in a pool of water. It is paramount that we seek medical attention at this stage.
As regards to prevention, the most common way of getting infected is by touching things in public. We need to wash our hands frequently. The viruses live on our hands for up to ten minutes but a lot can happen during this time. If we rub our eyes, for example, our eyes will be infected.
Aside from washing our hands frequently, we can also gargle our throat with Betadine Sore Throat Gargle to eliminate or minimize the germs in our throat. I hope this helps.
From the information on the internet, Coronavirus is not as lethal as the SARS virus. But it spreads fast as there is no symptom of sickness for the first few days of infection.
The advice given by most authorities is to quarantine ourselves for fourteen days at home upon our return from a country where the virus is known to exist.