This infection that originated in China continues to increase. Preventing its spread and consulting on time is essential to avoid a serious condition. In this time you need to know about coronavirus causes and consequences.

More than 113,000 people in China have been infected with the coronavirus or COVID-19 in recent weeks, and more than 4,000 have died. The vast majority are inhabitants of China, but the disease has already spread to other continents, so health authorities around the world have had to take measures for its prevention and early detection.

In this regard, Dr. María Luz Endeiza, infectious disease chief  vaccinator  and in charge of  the Travel Advisory Program  of the Universidad de los Andes Clinic, explains what the disease consists of and the main prevention measures. ​

1What is The Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses correspond to a family of viruses that can cause various types of respiratory infections, from a common cold, to more serious conditions such as pneumonia in some cases, such as SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV.

Probably the novel coronavirus or COVID. -19 is of animal origin. It was first detected in December last year in Wuhan City, China, and has so far been broadcast in more than 100 countries.

Symptoms:
COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease Usually Presents With:

  • Dry cough
  • High fever (over 38 ° C)
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Muscle pains

The manifestations are generally mild and begin gradually. However, one in six people, especially those with chronic or respiratory pathologist, can progress to a serious condition that involves:

  • High fever (over 38 ° C)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Respiratory failure
Coronavirus symptoms can begin between days 2 and 14 after an exposure with an infected person, being more common around the fifth day.
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