Coronavirus (COVID-19) nursing review of the symptoms, causes, and prevention measures.
COVID-19 stands for coronavirus disease in 2019. It is a new type of coronavirus that was first discovered in December 2019 in Wuhan, China.
The name “coronavirus” is a term used to describe a large set of respiratory type viruses. Therefore, they are several types of coronaviruses. Over the past decade or so, there have been other coronavirus outbreaks throughout the world. This includes the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (middle east respiratory syndrome) outbreak.
Coronaviruses originate from infected animals and can be passed from animals to humans, which will then spread human to human. When this occurs it is termed a zoonotic spillover event. MERS started in Saudi Arabia and originated from camels. While SARS started in China and originated from civet cats. COVID-19 started in Wuhan, China and the origin is currently unknown.
COVID-19 symptoms include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, sore throat etc. To be diagnosed with COVID-19 a real-time PCR test must be used. This will assess and detect the genetic material of the COVID-19 virus (SARS-CoV-2).
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