More and more cases of the mysterious corona virus from China are becoming known worldwide - including in Germany. But what are the symptoms of the lung disease?
- A new form of lung disease worries the authorities.
- Worldwide, 93,062 cases were reported, the majority of those affected fell ill in Wuhan, the capital of the central Chinese province of Hubei.
- Coronavirus * is responsible for the onset of the disease and, according to researchers, it can spread extremely quickly.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the novel lung disease is called Covid-19 . The pathogen, Sars-CoV-2, which was previously referred to as 2019-nCoV, was given its own name: Sars-CoV-2. The consequences of an infection are drastic: 3,198 deaths have already occurred. In Germany, 196 people have the corona virus. (As of: 04.03.2020)
Coronavirus: what are the symptoms?
Cases have been reported not only in China, but also in other countries such as Thailand, South Korea and now also in Germany. It is suspected that most of the sick people contracted the virus at an animal market in Wuhan. However, some infected people had not visited the market, which is why Imperial College London warned against viewing the virus as non-communicable - which should prove to be a correct assessment.
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The World Health Organization (WHO) advises, among other things, to avoid animal markets and contact with animals in vulnerable regions, and generally to avoid visiting risk areas. These include the Italian region of Lombardy, the province of Hubei in China or the cities of Wenzhou, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Taizhou in the province of Zhejiang. The WHO has declared the coronavirus epidemic an international health emergency.
The following symptoms may indicate coronavirus infection:
- a headache
- Sore throat
- Breathing problems such as shortness of breath
In severe cases, infection with Sars-CoV-2 can lead to pneumonia .
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Strong similarity between Corona and SARS viruses
According to the editorial network in Germany, virus researcher Christian Drosten found a close connection between the currently spreading coronavirus and SARS , the severe acute respiratory syndrome. The infectious disease manifests itself in the form of atypical pneumonia, which can be fatal.
Coronavirus is apparently transmitted like droplet infection like SARS virus , which is why coughing and sneezing patients pose a high risk of infection . According to the Robert Koch Institute, the incubation period (time between infection and onset of the disease) should be up to 14 days.
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Since the new type of virus has not yet been fully researched, there is still no uniform treatment recommendation. Due to the similarity to the SARS virus, however, it is reasonable to assume that with coronavirus infection like SARS only the side effects can be alleviated. Medications that render the virus harmless do not (yet) exist, and there is also no vaccination * . However, Thai doctors have had great success in symptomatic treatment *.
Prevention is extremely important to avoid infection. Doctors recommend:
- Avoid large crowds in vulnerable areas.
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Wash your hands frequently *, especially after using public transportation.
- A respirator mask lowers the risk of infection from droplet infection in high-risk areas.
Sources : www.tagesschau.de ; www.swr3.de ; www.rnd.de; www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de; www.lungenaerzte-im-netz.de; www.rki.de; www.experience.arcgis.com
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