26 Mar 2020
The coronavirus emerged in only December 2019, however, the world is already dealing with a pandemic of the virus and the disease it causes - Covid-19.
In most cases, the disease is mild, but in some cases, people die.
So, how is the virus attacking the body? Why are some people being killed? Let's see what Canwinn Foundation studied till now:
It is the period when the virus is building itself.
Generally, Viruses work by getting inside the cells your body is made of and then hijacking them.
The coronavirus that is officially called Sars-CoV-2, can attack your body when you breathe the virus in. This happens after you are exposed to someone coughs nearby or you touch a contaminated surface and then your face with infected hands.
First, the virus contaminates the cells lining your throat, airways, and lungs. After that, it turns them into "coronavirus factories" that spew out immense numbers of new viruses that go on to poison more cells.
At this beginning stage, you will not feel sick. Furthermore, some people may never develop symptoms.
The incubation period, the time between infection and first symptoms appearing, varies widely, still, it's five days on average.
This is what most of the people will undergo.
Covid-19 is a mild infection. But only for eight out of 10 people who get it. The core symptoms of the disease are fever and cough.
Similarly, other possible but not guaranteed symptoms are Body aches, sore throat and a headache.
The fever and grotty feeling is a result of your immune system responding to the infection. Therefore, it has placed the virus as a hostile invader and signals to the rest of the body that something is wrong by releasing chemicals called cytokines.
These demonstrate the immune system, though also cause body aches, pain, and fever.
The cough in Corona is initially a dry one. This is probably down to the annoyance of cells as they become tainted by the virus.
Moreover, some people will ultimately start coughing up sputum. It is a thick mucus carrying dead lung cells annihilated by the virus.
These symptoms have been treated with bed rest, plenty of fluids and paracetamol. Therefore, you won't require specialist hospital care. The duration of this stage is about a week. At this point, most recover because their immune system has fought off the virus. But unfortunately, some will incur a more severe form of Covid-19.
If the disease grows, it will be due to the immune system overreacting to the virus. In other words, these chemical signals to the rest of the body provoke inflammation. However, this needs to be cautiously balanced because extreme inflammation can induce collateral damage throughout the body.
What is pneumonia?
It is the Inflammation of the lungs.
In pneumonia, the tiny sacs begin to fill with water and can ultimately cause shortness of breath and trouble breathing. Therefore, some people will need a ventilator to survive.
In conclusion, COVID-19's impact on the body varies from person to person. Where some people show mild symptoms and get healed in a few days, some people lost their lives due to this deadly disease. So, it would be smart to analyze everything about Novel
Coronavirus to deal with it on time.
Hope, you are taking care of yourself!
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