The whole world has been shaken with an unprecedented pandemic. A lot of people are hyper-alert and taking precautions. However, a few are still unsure of what to make of the coronavirus pandemic.
These are a few reasons why you should take this virus seriously.
It can be transmitted very easily and very fast
The COVID-19 is transmitted through coughing or sneezing by an infected person. It is thought that it can also be transmitted through contaminated surfaces such as door handles or mobile phones. The spread of the COVID-19 is made easy due to the fact that individuals can have the disease and not show any symptoms. So there are healthy infected people who go around, unknowingly infecting other people.
It can cause really serious symptoms and lead to death
Although the majority of people with COVID-19 will have only minor symptoms, some people will have a very serious illness which mainly affects the lungs and leads to breathing failure.
It Overwhelms healthcare systems
Because the Covid-19 spreads very fast and can affect vast numbers of people at one time, it can result in the inability of hospitals and healthcare workers to cope. This means that the time and resources that would have been utilized in treating people with other ongoing medical conditions will be diverted to treating COVID-19. This results in an overall reduction in the quality of healthcare received by the whole population.
There is no drug yet which cures or prevent infection with the virus
As this virus is a new virus, at present, there isn’t any licenced medication for the treatment of this virus. Although there are efforts to produce a vaccine against this virus, there is no vaccine yet which can prevent infection. Production of vaccines usually takes many months to complete.
It can infect anybody
The coronavirus is known to affect people of every race, sex or age. No particular groups of people are immune to this virus, so it is important to take all the necessary precautions to reduce the spread of this virus.
There is no doubt that the coronavirus can be deadly on individuals. The nature of the virus also means that it has a huge effect on the general population, affecting the economy adversely. Therefore the wise thing to do is to take every necessary precaution and break the chain of transmission. Wash your hands often, stay at home as much as you can and follow all necessary public health advice.