What you should know about coronavirus?

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

What you should know about coronavirus? | Coronavirus and chronic illness got me curious and I decided to read about it. But before that let me thank all the front liners for all their hard work and sacrifices. Let's keep staying at home and stay safe in order for us to break this virus once and for all even though I am dying to go back to my hometown right now. It may seem impossible but I believe it is possible.
Based on my recent readings and what I understand, people may be sick with the virus in between 1 - 14 days before fully developing the symptoms. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) common symptoms includes fever. tiredness and dry cough. Most people were able to recover from the disease without needing special treatment.


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In more rare cases, the disease can be very serious and even fatal to a group of people. This is especially related to older people and others who have medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease. They may be more vulnerable and are prone to becoming severely ill. In other words it is also related to those with chronic illness.

Since COVID-19 is a new type of disease that has been announced as Pandemic of 2020, there is a very limited study and information regarding the risk factor for severe diseases. It was said that older adults and people of any age who have serious medical conditions might be at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

What does Coronavirus do to the body?


At first no one was aware and took it pretty lightly when the virus was first announced to the world. But soon as the outbreak of COVID-19 got super bad, all countries around the world started movement restriction in order to stop the virus from spreading.

How does the Coronavirus attack your body?


The virus can infect the body cells. That means it can enter the healthy cells inside our body. Once inside, the virus will make copies of itself and multiplies throughout your body without you knowing until the symptom shows up.

I'm sure some of you have heard that once you're infected with the coronavirus, you'll have trouble breathing and even experience dry cough. Here's why.

The coronavirus latches its spiky surface protein to receptors on the healthy cells, especially the once inside your lungs. It'll burst into cells through the receptors. The receptors are called ACE2. Once inside, the virus hijacks healthy cells and takes over. Eventually, it'll also kill some of the healthy cells.


How does Coronavirus move through your body?


So, how does it start?

COVID-19 virus starts to spread with droplets from an infected person's cough, sneeze or breath. It could be in the air or on any surface that you've touched before touching any part on your face that gives the virus a passage to the mucous membranes in your throat that is your eyes, nose or mouth. Within 14 days, your immune system may respond with early symptoms like sore throat, fever or dry cough as it was told widely.

The virus will then move down your respiratory tract (the airway that includes your mouth, nose and throat). The lower airways have more ACE2 receptors than the rest of the respiratory tract. So, that means that COVID-19 is more likely to go deeper than any viruses like the common cold making it more severe.

As we know we breathe through the lungs. When you're intact with the virus and get infected your lungs might become inflamed, making it hard for you to breathe. This can lead to pneumonia. Pneumonia is an infection in the lungs through an alveoli (tiny air sacs inside the lung) where the blood exchanges oxygen and carbon dioxide when we breathe.

This part here is when you go to the doctor for a CT scan of your chest, they will probably be able to see shadows or patchy areas that are also called "ground-glass opacity." Or in other words you can say it's hazy opacity.

Most people who get infected with COVID-19 end up with symptoms such as cough and fever and most of the cases are mild. But on the other hand, infections can be more severe for some people. After the symptom begins to show for about 5 to 8 days, they'll have shortness of breath that is known as dyspnea. Acute respiratory distress symptoms (ARDS) may begin a few days later.

When they get acute respiratory distress symptoms, they will need to use the ventilator machine to help them breathe.

Why do they have trouble breathing?


The lungs are where the gaseous exchange takes place through blood. But as the fluid collects in your lung, they carry less oxygen to your blood. That would mean your blood may not be able to supply your organs with enough oxygen to survive. This can lead to a bad damage to your kidneys, lungs and liver causing them to shut down and stop working.

That is why those with chronic illnesses have higher risk than healthy people. But that doesn't mean that we can take it lightly and ignore all precautionary steps.

Yes, not everyone will have these serious complications even though they have COVID-19 as well as not needing medical care. Just in case, if your symptoms include trouble breathing, it is better to seek help immediately.

What other organs are affected by COVID-19?


Many have shared their own experience prior to being infected with COVID-19. They share the signs and symptoms which occur within the 14 days before they're confirmed of being infected. It involves:

Nose and mouth - This might seem normal but they did experience the loss of smell or taste and are not aware of it as it was a normal symptom people may have when having a fever.

Eyes - 1% to 3% of people with the new coronavirus have pinkeye.

Stomach and intestines - It might as well cause a loss of appetite, nausea, diarrheas and indigestion. These might occur first even before the fever or any respiratory problems. At first I thought it was not true but judging from all the sources I read and based on most of the patients, they did have diarrhea and indigestion problems that were quite bad to begin with until the next symptoms showed up.

Liver - For severe cases, early studies shows that COVID-19 might as well lead to liver problems or damage. You know where it all started.


I am sorry if this is too long and if there's anything wrong with the info. Email me and let me know so that I can take further actions on it. Take note that the coronavirus cases are still very new that each info I found are quite similar and I haven't got the chance to read more of this. One of the sources are here. WebMD Medical Reference.




Comments

  1. pada kak ana ianya satu ujian yang amat berat buat kita semua

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  2. Thanks for sharing..it's very informative..

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    1. You're welcome. Well, I'm just revising back on what I read. ^^

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  3. semoga kita semua dijauhi lah dari penyakit berjangkit ni. amin

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    1. stay safe and stay at home to avoid all the infections. remember to take precautionary steps and wear mask plus bring your sanitisers everywhere.

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  4. semoga pasukan penyelidik dapat jumpa vaksin untuk virus ni.

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    1. in shaa Allah. اَمِين يَا رَبَّ الْعَالَمِيْن

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  5. Harapnya virus ini dapat diubati dan pasukan perubatan kita pasti akan berjaya menjumpai penawarnya..

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    1. In shaa Allah. اَمِين يَا رَبَّ الْعَالَمِيْن
      sama-sama kita doa yang baik2

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  6. Rahmat bagi yang bertaqwa dan ujian bagi yang lalai.. Semoga kita semua dapat hikmah disebalik kejadian ini.

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  7. mugo dijauhi wabak virus covid skrg nih., huhuhu

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  8. Thank you for sharing kak Ray!
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    I learn something from this entry! ^_^

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    1. You're welcome my dear.
      akak pun banyak belajar bila nak tulis this entry. baca sana sini.
      Alhamdulilah.

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  9. Highly informative, thanks for summarising all these :D

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    1. it's not that good but I tried. thank you anyway.

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  11. Takutkan.. sampaikan kalau batuk pun kita risau takut terkena wabak nie.. staysafe..

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    1. memula macam tu jugak but trying my best to stay calm these days. you too stay safe

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  12. Semoga kita semua dilindungi dan dipermudahkan setiap tugasan para pasukan barisan hadapan negara kita. Aamiin. Gud info

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    1. اَمِين يَا رَبَّ الْعَالَمِيْن

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  13. Tq ray for.sharing.. take care ye

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    1. hee wc. you too mama. take care jugak.

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  14. nice sharing!
    covid19 is really scary T^T
    i hope we will get away from this soon

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    1. yeah i hope everything will be okay soon.
      maybe not so soon but let's pray that everything can get back to normal.
      until then, stay safe.

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  15. Oh thanks for share this informative and useful psot
    xx

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  16. most of people yang infected covid19 dan meninggal tu..semuanya ada systemic ds..

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    1. yeah true. not saying that it's not dangerous for the one's that's healthy, it's still risky tho.
      but the risk is higher for those with chronic illness. anyway stay safe.

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  17. moga keadaan kembali pulih sediakala dah rindu sangat mak kat kampung

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    1. in shaa Allah. اَمِين يَا رَبَّ الْعَالَمِيْن
      yeah me too. i miss my family.

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  18. Pray to Allah. May He ease everything. Aamiin.

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    1. in shaa Allah. اَمِين يَا رَبَّ الْعَالَمِيْن

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  19. stay safe kak Ray. stay health yaaaa

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    1. thank you so much darl. you too stay safe okay.

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  20. Tak pernah terfikir ada sejenis virus yang sangat bahaya seperti corona ini.

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    1. ikr. and suddenly it gets worst and we're all being confined in our own home. stay safe

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  21. kalau tengok dari diagram tu sangat menakutkan bila mula menyerang dalam badan. Semoga segala urusan dipermudahkan dan harap temui penawar segera..Aaminn

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    1. kan. it looks scary. kecil je bendanya but impact dye seluruh negara terpaksa tanggung. i mean the whole world is impacted. in shaa Allah. اَمِين يَا رَبَّ الْعَالَمِيْن

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  22. sangat menggerunkan bila fikir makhluk Allah sehalus coronavirus ni mampu buat semua tu pada tubuh manusia...

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    1. true. small but very dangerous. نعوذ بالله من ذلك
      semoga dijauhkan and terlindung drpdanya. اَمِين يَا رَبَّ الْعَالَمِيْن

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  23. Moga kita semua dijauhkan dpd wabak yg mengancam nyawa ini kan Ray...
    Takutnya...

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    1. اَمِين يَا رَبَّ الْعَالَمِيْن .
      betul akak. stay safe okay.

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  24. Kesian pada warga tua n yg ada chronic illness. stay safe & stay at home everyone

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    1. Everyone is at risk but we need to pay special attention to them.
      Thank you so much. You stay safe and take care ya.
      Salam Ramadhan Al Mubarak

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  25. Nauzubillah semoga Kita semi dijauhkn dari virus ni

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    1. اَمِين يَا رَبَّ الْعَالَمِيْن

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  26. Wowww I'm amazed at your effort in doing all the readings! Actually, few months before COVID-19, I did a presentation on SARS Coronavirus. So I did have few ideas on the virus. But I failed to answer my lecturer during the Q&A session about the diagnosis though. Only now I know after reading this entry, tqsm hehe.

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    1. Okay wow. Really? I'm so glad that it did. I think that is normal. They cannot expect us to know everything after studying it and that is the beauty of learning. We'll keep on doing that. I'm sure you did well regardless. Sometimes when I'm curious, I tend to search and read about it thoroughly. That's when I'm not lazy. But this is just a short one and I didn't manage to read much. Looking forward to new findings from our amazing researchers.

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    2. Yup that's true. Thank you for the reminder. I do that sometimes too, it's quite important to keep ourselves updated with the news so that we can take necessary precaution...

      What I read lately was that the virus has infected tiger and some pets.It has been quite a while since they suspected that it's airborne but I think there's still no confirmation to that.

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    3. Oh I haven't read about that yet but I'm aware about the recent news saying that pets can be infected as well even tho at first they said the opposite. Anyway we gotta be aware and keep a safe distance with everyone. There's so much more that we don't know about this virus.

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