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Interesting and Lesser Known facts on Coronavirus

The world today faces one of its biggest threats yet in the form of the COVID19 pandemic. Not only has this virus threatened the world’s public health but it has also induced recession in the world economy. World over, the virus has infected over 16 lakh people and has claimed the lives of over 1 lakh people. And these numbers are increasing day by day. Since its origin in China in December 2019, the virus has managed to spread to all the continents of the world within a few months. Despite the continuous research going on about the virus, there are still many things that we don’t know about the virus. In this article, we are going to share some of the lesser-known facts about the virus.

How are patients with COVID19 treated?

There is no specific treatment currently for COVID19 yet. Antibiotics are also ineffective in treating COVID19 since it is caused by a virus rather than bacteria. If the infected person’s symptoms get more severe supportive treatments are administered in a hospital. These supportive treatments include giving fluids to prevent dehydration, medication to reduce fever, respirators for people with respiratory disorders, supplementary oxygen supply for people in more severe cases.

Who are the people who are prone to develop serious illness when infected with Corona Virus?

All people with a weakened immune system like old people, cancer patients, HIV patients, are prone to develop serious illnesses. People with pre-existing conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease also belong in the high-risk category. Chronic smokers are also another class of people who qualify as high-risk personnel.

Can a person get infected twice by Coronavirus?

There isn’t much clarity on this subject. However, there are reports of people around the world who have contracted the virus again after recovering once.

Does climate play a role in the spread of coronavirus?

Many infectious diseases peak and drop with the seasons. For example, typhoid tends to peak during the summer season while the flu typically arises during the colder seasons. This has led many to believe that the spread of coronavirus will slow down during the summer. But the WHO has clarified that the virus can transmit or spread regardless of the hot and humid climate.

Can an infected person be without any symptoms?

It is possible that people with a good immune system can show mild to no symptoms at all while being COVID-19 positive and are carrying the virus. In such cases lookout for common symptoms like high fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of smell and taste, etc. Some people even exhibit gastrointestinal signs like diarrhea.

What is Hydroxychloroquine? Is it the miracle drug that is going to eliminate the coronavirus?

Hydroxychloroquine is a drug used for treating malaria, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus. It is been in use for over 70 years. It has to be said that there is no existing proof that this drug can be used for treatment or to stop the progress of COVID-19. There are no existing studies or research that supports the claim that Hydroxychloroquine can be a wonder drug that can cure coronavirus.

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