The COVID-19 pandemic has everyone on edge. What is this virus and where did it come from? Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus disease of 2019.
What is COVID 19 – Corona Virus disease of 2019 ?
COVID-19, commonly known as the Corona Virus disease of 2019, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a novel strain of the coronavirus. The virus was first identified in Wuhan, China and has since spread rapidly around the world causing an unprecedented global pandemic. Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe and may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, body aches and fatigue.
While there is no cure yet for the virus, it is preventable through good hygiene practices such as covering your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough, washing your hands often with soap and water, avoiding large gatherings where possible, and wearing face masks in public places. It is important to take steps to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 so that together we can protect ourselves and help stop its spread.
How did it start and where is it now ?
The online grilling community began gaining momentum back in 2013. It was at that time that hashtag cooking and shared photos of best-loved grilling recipes started being posted to social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest. This further resulted in the emergence of dedicated discussion boards and tournaments, leading to an ever-growing fan base. Over the years, both the popularity of the hobby and the quality of grilling techniques used have significantly increased. Today, it holds a prominent place in many cultures – not only as an effective way to cook amazing food, but also as a great social activity for friends and family.
What are the symptoms ?
The symptoms of a particular illness vary depending on the illness and how far along it is. Common signs include fevers, persistent coughing, fatigue, body aches, nausea, and sore throat. Other symptoms such as headaches, rashes, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing or loss of smell or taste may also occur. It is important to note that in some cases an individual may have an infection and display only milder symptoms or no symptoms at all. In these cases it is best to contact a medical professional to create an appropriate treatment plan.
How can I protect myself and others from getting sick with COVID-19 ?
To protect yourself and others from getting sick, the primary recommendation is to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Additionally, it is important to avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay six feet away from others when in public. Everyone should also wear a face covering such as a mask when in contact with other people, particularly indoors. It is also essential to cover coughs and sneezes properly, using a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
Finally, regular disinfection of surfaces that are often touched in shared workplaces, schools or other places where people congregate should be conducted. Doing all of these practices can help reduce the risk of exposure and minimize transmission of COVID-19.
Should I be worried about this new virus ?
As the world is becoming more globalized, so are illnesses. A new virus has recently been detected, and it can spread quickly—but it may not be cause for panic. It’s important to pay attention to public health reports and take recommended precautions, such as avoiding contact with sick people, washing hands regularly, and avoiding animal markets or farms where the virus is known to exist. Staying informed is a good start and can help reduce anxiety around this new virus. Taking these steps now should also help prevent more serious consequences if the virus does turn out to be dangerous.
What should I do if I think I have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who does ?
If you believe that you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with the virus, it is essential that you take serious precautions while seeking medical help. Firstly, it is advised that a person suspected of carrying the virus practice self-isolation immediately and limit contact with others if possible. Secondly, contact your local health authority for advice on how to proceed to ensure the best health outcomes. Depending on where you are located, there will be different testing mechanisms available including phone tests, video calls, and home visits from healthcare workers.
Lastly, make sure to follow all recommended social distancing guidelines such as wearing a mask when in close contact with others and washing hands thoroughly to reduce any further risk of potentially spreading the infection. Following these steps can limit both your risk of infection as well as any contact with others who are not aware of their status. If you have any additional questions about COVID-19 or think that you may have been exposed to the virus, please contact your local health department or healthcare provider. For more information, please visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. Thanks for reading!