Coronaviruses (CoV) constitute a huge group of viruses that cause illness starting from the common cold to severe diseases such as MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV. COVID-19 is a new shear that came across in 2019 and has not been previously recognized in humans.
What Is COVID-19?
A new virus that caused severe pneumonia was first spotted in Wuhan city, Hubei Province, China. The virus is now spreading all across the world, person-to-person in increasing numbers in more than 80 countries.
What Is a Novel Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are commonly found in humans, and others, like animals. Recently, we have spotted new (novel) coronaviruses that were not found previously in humans. There are different types of human coronaviruses, including some that cause mild upper-respiratory track illness.
The virus was assumed to have developed from an animal source that infected humans, but now you can see the virus is spreading from person to person. By this time, it is clear how conveniently this virus is spreading between people.
It can cause mild cold-like symptoms and severe pneumonia at the same time requiring ventilator support. It can go worse and cause severe pulmonary disease, which has been seen in earlier outbreaks with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
How Does COVID-19 Spread?
The current understanding of how this virus spreads is based on what we all know about coronaviruses in general. This virus is spread often person to person. Just like the common cold, it is spread by droplets, which are often produced when a person sneezes or coughs. One can get this virus if he/she comes in close contact with someone who is sick. People are assumed to be most infectious when they have symptoms. There have been reports of people becoming sick after coming in the contact with someone with little to no symptoms but this is not assumed to be the main way the virus is spreading in the community.
How Easily Does It Spread In a Community?
The virus that causes COVID-19 looks like spreading very easily and sustainably in a community where it is assumed that for every 1 infected person, that potentially 2 other people can get the same infection if they do not protect themselves with basic preventive measures, like hand hygiene. There has been a report of one infected person spreading to more than 2, but there are very rare situations.
What Are The Symptoms And Issues Of This Virus That Causes COVID-19?
Current symptoms of COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with high fever, cough, and difficulty in breathing.
The CDC says that symptoms may appear from 2 to 14 days after you come in contact with the virus.
How Can I Help Protect Myself?
Everyday preventive actions to assist prevent the spread of viruses will work with such novel coronaviruses. Those actions include:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Utilize an alcohol-based sanitizer that holds at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who have severe cough and cold.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a mask.
- Disinfect and clean frequently touches surfaces and objects.
Does Exercise Hinder The Body’s Ability To Fight Against Infections?
Does exercise help or hinder your bodies’ capability of fighting against infections? In the situation of the coronavirus outbreak, this question has gained huge demand and also, thanks to the researchers for an emergent answer. The current science suggests that being fit improves your immunity systems and that even a single workout can affect and improve your ability to fight against the germs.
Low and moderate-intensity exercise automatically lowers cortisol levels and assists with immune system function. Medical research suggests 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day. If you are apprehensive about germs in the gym, walk or run at your terrace. Exercise helps in boosting your immune systems, but we have to be very careful not to overexercise as it can weaken your immune system.
Looking at the current scenario, Moltom suggests you stay at home as today it’s more important to take your proper care. But along with that we also recommend you to exercise at home to stay fit.
Moltom hopes that this situation quickly gets over so that we can welcome you again in our gym. Before the declaration of coronavirus, we used to follow a proactive approach for hygiene and now that things have become so sensitive we are striving to provide you 200% assurance of cleanliness and hygiene within our gym premises. So, there is nothing to worry about. Also, you can contact us at +91 8527597772.
Till the next time we meet, stay safe and healthy.