In this article, we give answers to the most common questions related to the CoronaVirus.
What are the symptoms if you have coronavirus?
Fever, respiratory symptoms, sore throat, cough, muscle pain.
The difficult thing is that the corona does not differ at all from the other respiratory infections and the symptoms can be very mild. But if you are sick and sniff is the worst symptoms, then it is hardly a coronavirus.
Can you have coronavirus without symptoms?
Probably, but there is a lot we do not yet know about the Coronavirus. We still assume that up to 80 percent of those who get the infection get such a mild version that they do not notice the coronavirus at all.
What to do if you suspect you have a coronavirus?
It can only be a coronavirus if you have been in close contact with a person carrying the infection or if you have visited an epidemic area (northern Italy, Iran, China, South Korea) for the past 14 days. If you still suspect you have corona, call your nearest health center or hospital, who can assess what should be done.
Is medicine needed to recover? What medicine?
There is no coronavirus medicine, but it is best to investigate how specific drugs affect the virus. The symptoms of those who are ill are alleviated with medication that bites the specific symptoms. Some patients who are hospitalized because of the virus receive antibiotics. Antibiotics do not bite the virus, but can cure the patient’s infections associated with the coronavirus.
How common is it to get seriously ill from corona?
Of those who actually feel the disease, a maximum of 10-15 per cent will have a severe disease picture threat.
Those who die from the coronavirus, what exactly do they die from?
We do not know what is happening very well, but one of the corona symptoms is shortness of breath, which leads to problems with oxygenating the blood. One can get severe pneumonia that cannot be handled by a respirator or in other ways.
Do you become resistant to the coronavirus after having it?
Probably you get an immunity that lasts for at least the infection period that is ongoing. We do not yet know if the coronavirus can change in the same way as the flu virus so that it stays and circulates.
Compared to the very common winter flu, how dangerous is the coronavirus?
3.4 percent of registered coronavirus cases in the world have resulted in the patient’s death. This percentage will be corrected, probably reduced, since we do not know how many people actually have corona. Those with mild symptoms may never consult a doctor. We think it is probably in the same degree of difficulty or slightly worse than the usual flu. About 2,000 people die each year due to the flu and we can assume that the coronavirus deaths may be somewhere around it or slightly higher.
How dangerous is the coronavirus to children?
For some reason, children under 16 seem to have a better defense of the severe forms of the coronavirus. It is likely that the children’s immune system reacts to the coronavirus in a different way from that of adults. It may happen that the severe disease images caused by the coronavirus depend on the human immune system, not the virus itself.
How long does the coronavirus live outside the body?
With very sensitive methods you can find the virus on different surfaces that have been there for many days. But probably the coronavirus is not contagious outside the body for more than an hour. Viruses live in our cells and need the cell’s machinery to proliferate. Outside the cells, they die quickly or lose their infectivity.
Can I be infected through products that have been in contact with a person who has a coronavirus?
No, the risk is very low. The research available today indicates that the virus does not survive for an extended period of time outside the body, so it is unlikely that it will be transmitted through goods. Coronavirus does not survive on a surface for a long time, especially in changing temperatures.
How dangerous is the coronavirus to you if you are older?
An elderly person belongs to the risk group. The disease may be more severe among the elderly, but what we now know is that only a minority of them also get a serious illness. This is despite the fact that most people who have died have been older people or those who have had basic illnesses such as lung disease, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
I have a relative who has a heart and lung disease, how should I protect the person?
Wash your hands, do not visit the person if you are sick and if you must visit the person, use respiratory protection. In general, everyone who visits and is in contact with sick people should take the flu vaccine.
I bite the nails, is the risk that I get corona disease than someone who does not bite the nails?
Probably enough, because then you take from the nails and hands the viruses and bacteria that landed on the hands from the surroundings.
I’m pregnant, how would the coronavirus affect me and the fetus?
We do not yet know that well. The first reports say that pregnant women are not much more at risk of pregnancy complications. We know even less about the fetus. But if the mother is feeling well and does not have breathing difficulties, the fetus should not have but.
Can I protect myself from coronavirus by bathing often?
No. Viruses generally die in temperatures above 60 degrees. This does not mean that a sauna heat of 60 degrees or more would kill the virus, since your body temperature does not rise to 60 in a sauna with that temperature.
What is the virus’s “real” name and what is the disease?
Coronavirus (CoV) is actually a virus group that gets its name because the virus in magnification is similar to a crown (corona = crown). The current coronavirus is called Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The virus causes Coronavirus disease 2019, which is shortened to covid-19.
The WHO has decided that the official name for the disease should be covid-19. In the media, the term “the new coronavirus” is also sometimes used.