WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE DISEASE
Coronavirus is part of a group of different viruses that can cause respiratory infections.
SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) are diseases caused by coronavirus.
At the end of 2019, in the Chinese city of Wuhan, an outbreak of infections by a novel coronavirus (SARS-COV2) was identified, giving rise to the disease called COVID-19.
In most cases, the symptoms are mild, without severe illness. Mild and moderate forms usually present with sore throat, dry cough, and runny nose. Fever, in these cases, is usually easily controlled with antipyretics.
n the severe form, progressive respiratory distress is observed, with the development of pneumonia. These cases may evolve into respiratory failure requiring the use of oxygen and, more seldom, mechanical ventilation.
How is coronavirus
What are the
How soon do symptoms manifest?
The incubation period varies from 5 to 12 days.
How are suspected cases defined?
At present, the main attention is directed to those who have been in contact with suspected or confirmed cases of the disease in the last 14 days.
How to prevent against coronavirus?
I wash my
Hygiene should be complete, including the back of your hands, the gaps between your fingers and nails, and it should last for at least 20 seconds.
Elderly people demand special attention
Elderly people suffering from chronic diseases have presented the severe forms of COVID-19 most frequently.
How is the
There is still no specific standardized treatment against the virus. Several treatment protocols against the infection are being tested worldwide and also in Brazil, in search of this response. In addition, patients are cared for with supportive measures until their bodies can cope with the infection.
In mild cases, the doctor may recommend measures for symptom relief that help in recovery, such as rest, hydration and medication against fever and pain. In addition, home isolation is recommended to prevent the spread of the virus.
In most medical services, suspected cases of coronavirus are directed to separate areas of emergency care, with specific flows and procedures for the protection of patients, companions and hospital professionals.
Remember: Regularly sanitize your hands with soap and water or 70% gel alcohol (hand sanitizer). Whenever possible, stay at home, reducing contact with others as much as possible.
If you have difficulty breathing, a fever that is difficult to control accompanied by cough, or an elderly with altered general condition, wear a disposable mask and seek a health service.
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