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Coronavirus – What You Need to Know

Coronavirus is a common virus that causes illness in all parts of the respiratory system. It can be found in animals, as well as in people and usually spreads from one person to another on contact. The name Coronavirus comes from its scientific name which is Coronaviridae, which means “smilids”. Symptoms of Coronavirus include fever, malaise, vomiting, diarrhea and sometimes liver dysfunction. Some patients with symptoms of Coronavirus experience respiratory distress, breathing difficulties or even death.

Coronavirus is generally diagnosed based on similarities with symptoms seen in patients with flu-like illnesses such as the flu, common cold or chicken pox. A blood test shows the virus in a small amount of blood, usually tested along with other seasonal allergies. Because the virus is so easily detectable by those with respiratory problems, patients with chronic or acute respiratory illness or those undergoing immunotherapy to treat cancer may develop Coronavirus symptoms. If you experience any of the following symptoms for more than two weeks, see your doctor promptly: difficulty breathing or swallowing, fever, persistent coughing or sore throat, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, weakness or dizziness. Treatment can include several options to avoid the development of complications.

If you believe that you may have contracted Coronavirus or another virus that causes illness, visit your doctor and ask about the virus and ways to prevent it from spreading to others. In rare cases, Coronavirus may cause death. Because this virus is very contagious, health officials recommend that anyone who has had contact with the virus be quarantined until the possibility of reinfection is ruled out. Anyone who has had symptoms for more than two weeks should be vigilant and consult with their doctor immediately if they experience a new episode of illness.