How To Test Yourself For Coronavirus: Prevention, Symptoms And Consequences

The coronavirus that broke out in Wuhan, China, quickly spread outside the Middle Kingdom, and today the World Health Organization has officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic. In many countries of the world, all public events have been canceled and quarantine has been introduced.

All this has already led to quite tangible consequences for the economy today and no one can predict what will happen next. Countries are closing flights, the tourism and air transportation sector is seriously affected, because of the stopped enterprises in the Middle Kingdom, the demand for oil has fallen, prices for which have fallen due to the failure of the OPEC + deal, and the ruble has plummeted against the dollar and the euro.

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Due to the coronavirus, sales of new cars have collapsed in China, and conveyors in many other countries are experiencing a shortage of components due to disrupted supplies. In addition, in the presence of infected people, factories are forced to be quarantined in order to try to avoid further spread.

Since the beginning of the year, the Beijing Auto Show, the Geneva Auto Show have already been canceled, the New York Auto Show has been moved from April to autumn, the first Formula 1 race of the 2020 season in Australia has been canceled, the holding of the next Grand Prix is ​​also in question, as is the holding of the Summer Olympics. in Tokyo.

It is currently known that the incubation period of the disease can last up to 14 days, but the main thing is not to miss the disease. Most of those who died from coronavirus sought help from doctors too late – with a severe cough and fever, when lung fibrosis had already developed by more than 50%.

How does the disease progress?

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In most cases, when the virus enters the throat, the carrier begins to experience dryness, and a white coating may appear on the tongue. Such unpleasant sensations last the first 3-4 days.

After that, the virus, merging with the nasal fluid, enters the respiratory tract (trachea), and then directly into the lungs, causing their inflammation. This process usually takes 5-6 days from the moment of infection.

In turn, the onset of coronavirus pneumonia makes itself felt with shortness of breath and a characteristic cough with small phlegm. In parallel, the patient’s temperature also rises significantly, there is a chill and a feeling of aches in the arms and legs.

Plus, for the later stages of the disease, severe nasal congestion is characteristic. The latter differs from the usual congestion with a cold in that sick people have the feeling that they are drowning in water.

“On paper” it may seem that it is not difficult to identify someone infected with a coronavirus, but in fact, you cannot do without qualified medical personnel. The fact is that in some cases, the disease is expressed in the appearance of an itchy rash and high fever, while there are no other symptoms.

Moreover, Singaporean scientists have come to the conclusion that sometimes patient tests can even give false positive results for dengue fever, which seriously complicates an accurate diagnosis.

In any case, people are advised not to take matters to the extreme and immediately consult a doctor at the first symptoms of the disease. If you ignore the course of the disease or self-medicate, then there is a great risk of running into serious complications. In especially advanced cases, the virus can even be fatal.

Note that identifying the disease in the early stages will allow a simple self-test method from Taiwanese doctors, which should be performed every morning. They recommend taking a deep breath, holding your breath for more than 10 seconds.

If a person copes with this task without coughing and without experiencing nasal congestion or other discomfort, then this indicates that there is no fibrosis in his lungs, which means that he is either not sick, or the disease has not yet manifested itself.

Prophylaxis

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Doctors note that COVID-19 is unstable to more or less high temperatures, and virus particles die already at 26-27 degrees Celsius. Moreover, most often it is transmitted from person to person through physical contact (for example, shaking hands). The virus on the hands can live no more than 5-10 minutes, but this time is quite enough for the carrier to touch his face with his fingers at least once.

It turns out that those who want to protect themselves as much as possible from coronavirus should either negate contact with other people, or wash their hands with hot water as often as possible.

Also, doctors recommend that people make sure that their mouth and throat are constantly wet, taking at least a couple of sips of water or any other drinking liquid every 15 minutes (with preference, again, should be given to hot drinks).

If the virus enters the oral cavity, then with this approach, the liquid will allow it to be washed into the stomach, the aggressive environment of which simply does not leave hostile particles a chance. But if a person’s mouth is dry, then with a high degree of probability the virus can already get into the respiratory tract, and then into the lungs, which is extremely dangerous.

Scientists have found that the cells of the coronavirus are quite large in size (about 400-500 nm in diameter), which means that if someone sneezes in front of you, then you should not turn 180 degrees – you just need to slow down, and after a few seconds suspended in the air particles of infection will fall to the ground.

If the virus does not live on the hands for a long time, then on other surfaces its cells remain viable for a fairly long time. For example, on metal surfaces, they can be dangerous for 12 hours, which means that washing your hands is worth not only after shaking hands, but also, for example, after contact with handrails in public transport.

Virus particles can also settle on clothing, while remaining active for 6-12 hours. In this case, people are advised to wash their clothes more often, while winter jackets and coats can be simply dried in the sun.

Quarantine and what to stock up on

Wuhan, China, as well as some European countries (such as Italy and France) have been quarantined, and authorities are advising people not to leave their homes. So far, the coronavirus epidemic has not affected Russia, but the proverb “prepare the sled in the summer and the cart in the winter” is best suited to the current situation. What do you need to have from the products at home to survive the unexpectedly announced quarantine?

The German authorities decided to answer this question, having published a whole list of products in case of a ten-day quarantine. In their opinion, at home it is necessary to have 20 liters of drinking water, two and a half liters of milk or other dairy products, two kilograms of vegetables, three and a half kilograms of potatoes, cereals and bread.

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You also need four kilos of canned fruits or dried fruits, one and a half kilos of meat, fish and eggs, two packs of butter or one bottle of olive oil, as well as sugar, honey or chocolate (depending on preference).

In compiling this list, the Germans were guided by the fact that each person needs 2,000 kilocalories every day, while in addition to food at home, there should be batteries, a gas burner, candles, a flashlight, as well as medicines with chlorhexidine or any other antiseptic.

The coronavirus that broke out in Wuhan, China, quickly spread outside the Middle Kingdom, and today the World Health Organization has officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic. In many countries of the world, all public events have been canceled and quarantine has been introduced.

All this has already led to quite tangible consequences for the economy today and no one can predict what will happen next. Countries are closing flights, the tourism and air transportation sector is seriously affected, because of the stopped enterprises in the Middle Kingdom, the demand for oil has fallen, prices for which have fallen due to the failure of the OPEC + deal, and the ruble has plummeted against the dollar and the euro.

Photo liganews.net

Due to the coronavirus, sales of new cars have collapsed in China, and conveyors in many other countries are experiencing a shortage of components due to disrupted supplies. In addition, in the presence of infected people, factories are forced to be quarantined in order to try to avoid further spread.

Since the beginning of the year, the Beijing Auto Show, the Geneva Auto Show have already been canceled, the New York Auto Show has been moved from April to autumn, the first Formula 1 race of the 2020 season in Australia has been canceled, the holding of the next Grand Prix is ​​also in question, as is the holding of the Summer Olympics. in Tokyo.

It is currently known that the incubation period of the disease can last up to 14 days, but the main thing is not to miss the disease. Most of those who died from coronavirus sought help from doctors too late – with a severe cough and fever, when lung fibrosis had already developed by more than 50%.

How does the disease progress?

Photo mosmonitor.ru

In most cases, when the virus enters the throat, the carrier begins to experience dryness, and a white coating may appear on the tongue. Such unpleasant sensations last the first 3-4 days.

After that, the virus, merging with the nasal fluid, enters the respiratory tract (trachea), and then directly into the lungs, causing their inflammation. This process usually takes 5-6 days from the moment of infection.

In turn, the onset of coronavirus pneumonia makes itself felt with shortness of breath and a characteristic cough with small phlegm. In parallel, the patient’s temperature also rises significantly, there is a chill and a feeling of aches in the arms and legs.

Plus, for the later stages of the disease, severe nasal congestion is characteristic. The latter differs from the usual congestion with a cold in that sick people have the feeling that they are drowning in water.

“On paper” it may seem that it is not difficult to identify someone infected with a coronavirus, but in fact, you cannot do without qualified medical personnel. The fact is that in some cases, the disease is expressed in the appearance of an itchy rash and high fever, while there are no other symptoms.

Moreover, Singaporean scientists have come to the conclusion that sometimes patient tests can even give false positive results for dengue fever, which seriously complicates an accurate diagnosis.

In any case, people are advised not to take matters to the extreme and immediately consult a doctor at the first symptoms of the disease. If you ignore the course of the disease or self-medicate, then there is a great risk of running into serious complications. In especially advanced cases, the virus can even be fatal.

Note that identifying the disease in the early stages will allow a simple self-test method from Taiwanese doctors, which should be performed every morning. They recommend taking a deep breath, holding your breath for more than 10 seconds.

If a person copes with this task without coughing and without experiencing nasal congestion or other discomfort, then this indicates that there is no fibrosis in his lungs, which means that he is either not sick, or the disease has not yet manifested itself.

Prophylaxis

Photo ngs.ru

Doctors note that COVID-19 is unstable to more or less high temperatures, and virus particles die already at 26-27 degrees Celsius. Moreover, most often it is transmitted from person to person through physical contact (for example, shaking hands). The virus on the hands can live no more than 5-10 minutes, but this time is quite enough for the carrier to touch his face with his fingers at least once.

It turns out that those who want to protect themselves as much as possible from coronavirus should either negate contact with other people, or wash their hands with hot water as often as possible.

Also, doctors recommend that people make sure that their mouth and throat are constantly wet, taking at least a couple of sips of water or any other drinking liquid every 15 minutes (with preference, again, should be given to hot drinks).

If the virus enters the oral cavity, then with this approach, the liquid will allow it to be washed into the stomach, the aggressive environment of which simply does not leave hostile particles a chance. But if a person’s mouth is dry, then with a high degree of probability the virus can already get into the respiratory tract, and then into the lungs, which is extremely dangerous.

Scientists have found that the cells of the coronavirus are quite large in size (about 400-500 nm in diameter), which means that if someone sneezes in front of you, then you should not turn 180 degrees – you just need to slow down, and after a few seconds suspended in the air particles of infection will fall to the ground.

If the virus does not live on the hands for a long time, then on other surfaces its cells remain viable for a fairly long time. For example, on metal surfaces, they can be dangerous for 12 hours, which means that washing your hands is worth not only after shaking hands, but also, for example, after contact with handrails in public transport.

Virus particles can also settle on clothing, while remaining active for 6-12 hours. In this case, people are advised to wash their clothes more often, while winter jackets and coats can be simply dried in the sun.

Quarantine and what to stock up on

Wuhan, China, as well as some European countries (such as Italy and France) have been quarantined, and authorities are advising people not to leave their homes. So far, the coronavirus epidemic has not affected Russia, but the proverb “prepare the sled in the summer and the cart in the winter” is best suited to the current situation. What do you need to have from the products at home to survive the unexpectedly announced quarantine?

The German authorities decided to answer this question, having published a whole list of products in case of a ten-day quarantine. In their opinion, at home it is necessary to have 20 liters of drinking water, two and a half liters of milk or other dairy products, two kilograms of vegetables, three and a half kilograms of potatoes, cereals and bread.

Photo rg.ru

You also need four kilos of canned fruits or dried fruits, one and a half kilos of meat, fish and eggs, two packs of butter or one bottle of olive oil, as well as sugar, honey or chocolate (depending on preference).

In compiling this list, the Germans were guided by the fact that each person needs 2,000 kilocalories every day, while in addition to food at home, there should be batteries, a gas burner, candles, a flashlight, as well as medicines with chlorhexidine or any other antiseptic.

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