The Coronavirus

What is this illness?

According to the World Health Organization, Coronavirus (COV) is a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more serve diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-COV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS- COV). The viruses are said to be zoonotic, which means, they are transmitted from animals to humans. The COVID- 19 is a new strain, which has not been previously found in humans.

Common Health implications of the virus include respiratory symptoms, fever, and cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. The Coronavirus has been causing a social panic amongst people because they aren’t sure how to respond to such an outbreak.

Recommendations to prevent further spread of infection and panic would be to avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms, regular hand washing, cover mouth, and nose when coughing and sneezing.

One more very important social recommendation to stop the panic would be to pray for the healthcare teams to find a cure for this virus as soon as possible, and to restore social, and economic health.