What is Coronavirus?
The coronavirus is a family of viruses that have been around for a long time. In fact, the coronavirus is usually what causes the common cold. The type of coronavirus that the world is currently dealing with, however, is referred to as the novel coronavirus, which literally means "new coronavirus." Because this virus was first identified in China in late 2019, they have named this particular strain COVID-19, which stands for "coronavirus disease 2019."
Because this virus is so new, there are currently no vaccines for it and there are no medicines on the market that seem to help overcome the virus. Flu medications and other antiviral medications have no effect on COVID-19. This means that people who catch this virus have to completely rely on their immune system to help them fight the virus.
Many people who have tested positive for the virus have reported experiencing flu-like symptoms, like cough, fever, and sore throat. One of the things that makes this virus so dangerous is that in extreme cases, some people have developed pneumonia and have reported having difficulty breathing. This is why it is recommended that people who have a weakened immune system, or any other health problems, need to take extreme caution and try to avoid getting the virus.
Why is the Coronavirus Spreading So Quickly?
Like most viruses, the coronavirus is microscopic and cannot be seen by the naked eye. When someone who has the virus coughs or sneezes, the microparticles get into the air and land on services. Because these particles are virtually invisible, it is very easy for someone to touch the particles or breathe them in without ever knowing it.
While there is still a lot that we can learn about the coronavirus, a recent study has shown that when the coronavirus particle is less than five micrometers, it can stay in the air for about 30 minutes before gradually falling to down and landing on a surface. Once it lands on a surface, it can stay there anywhere from a few hours to a few days, depending on the type of surface.