Coronaviruses have been around for a long time and cause flu-like respiratory illnesses that affect breathing. The newest coronavirus, commonly known as COVID-19 or novel COVID, is a highly contagious virus, and unlike previous coronaviruses, can cause both respiratory and wide spread systemic complications including heart injury and strokes.
How does coronavirus spread?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads quickly and easily, because it can be transmitted via respiratory droplets in the air and on surfaces. You become infected when the virus enters your body through the mouth, nose and eyes and it begins to multiply.
The virus can enter your body either from respiratory droplets from a sick person or from touching your face with unwashed hands. Researchers estimate that for each individual who gets sick with COVID-19, the virus could possibly spread to two or three additional people.
Dr. Manuv Sidhu, chief resident physician for Emergency Medicine at UCSF Fresno, says “It can be something as simple as touching an object while sharing a meal together or just having a conversation.”
How to prevent the spread of coronavirus
There are simple ways to prevent the spread of coronavirus and ward off infection:
- Wash your hands regularly
- Wear a face mask
- Keep 6 feet apart from others (social distancing)