A dialogue between two people about Corona
A dialogue between two people about Corona
One person named Tarek spoke to his schoolmate Ihab about the krona virus, listen to what he said :
You may have now heard of a disease called Coronavirus (or as doctors and scientists call it, COVID-19), or read a short press release about corona, the news has spread, cities and schools have taken steps to prevent its spread, the teacher at the school asked us to gather information about it, how about helping me collect this information,
Tarek: first we have to identify what is covid-19?
Hamza : the term “corona virus” is actually a family of viruses that cause many different kinds of diseases, including colds .
Tariq: what does covid-19 mean?
Hamza: it is a “new coronavirus”, which means it is a new disease that is unfamiliar to scientists and doctors. Its name is actually a combination of the words “Corona” (CO); the word corona in Latin means “crown” (coronavirus is called crown-like spikes on its surface), “virus” (VI), and “disease” (D), the number “19” comes from 2019, when the disease was first discovered.
Hamza : how did COVID-19 start?
Tariq: some diseases begin in animals before they spread to humans, COVID-19 disease is also zoonotic source, as the first cases appeared in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, the infected humans were all linked to a nearby market where live animals were sold, and where experts believe the disease began .
I don’t know for sure which animal caused the outbreak, but it is believed that the new virus might have originated in bats. Bats were not sold on the market, but they probably touched the animals that were sold.
Hamza: how is coronavirus transmitted?
Tariq: similar viruses, such as colds and flu, are spread through spray drops in case of coughing and sneezing, these drops can live on surfaces and spread when someone touches them with their hands, people get infected when their hands touch their mouth, nose or eyes and that’s why doctors say that you should always cover your mouth with your elbow when coughing or sneezing.
You can also catch the virus by touching the door handles or tabletops that have been touched by an infected person, then touching your eyes, nose or mouth. According to the World Health Organization, there is no evidence that the dog or cat or any pet can transfer COVID-19.
Hamza : what are the symptoms of covid-19?
Tariq: for most people, including children, this coronavirus is not dangerous, it will make them feel weak for a short time, before they fully recover, for a few people, such as the elderly and people with long-term health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or asthma, the risk of developing a severe illness is more serious, you may have a dry But just as you have a cold, the best treatment is to stay in bed and away from anyone who might catch it from you .
Hamza : how do I know if I have coronavirus or just a common flu?
Tariq: they are all caused by different viruses , but they can have similar symptoms, most people with coronavirus have at least one of these three main symptoms:
High temperature .
New and persistent cough .
Loss or change in the sense of smell or taste .
Hamza : but does fever mean I have coronavirus?
Tariq: high temperature 37.8 ° C or higher. Such a fever can occur when the body resists any infection-not just coronavirus, so it is better to use a thermometer to take action. But if you don’t have one, check if you or the person you’re worried about feels hot when you touch your chest or back.
Although fever is a major symptom of coronavirus, it may be a flu or a different infection, but it is unlikely to overheat with a cold, but if you have a fever, do a Coronavirus test .
Hamza : is the virus transmitted through the air ?
Tariq: coronavirus can also live up to 3 hours in the air, so you can inhale the virus from the air in a room where the infected person breathes / coughs / sneezes before 3 hours, this is similar to other infectious respiratory diseases, such as influenza (which can live in the air for 2-3 hours) and measles (which can live in the air for up to
Hamza : is there a cure for coronavirus?
Tariq : so far no, but they are already testing dozens of drugs all over the world, scientists hope in finding a vaccine as soon as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19 this knowledge again, scientists are working quickly to create a vaccine gives people protection from the virus. We hope that they will have a vaccine ready for trials by the end of 2020.
Hamza : how to prevent the spread of the disease?
Tariq: stay 6 feet away from people outside your household, wear a mask on your nose and mouth in public, avoid indoor activities (especially eating and drinking indoors because you cannot wear a mask while eating and drinking), wash frequently hands (especially before touching your face or eyes), and disinfect surfaces frequently, at this point, we can be confident that these procedures
Hamza : how about wearing masks?
Tariq: if it is difficult to stay 6 feet away from others, especially if you are indoors, you should wear a fabric face mask, this protects your nose and mouth from contact with virus droplets from other people and viral aerosols suspended in the air .
Hamza: how can I protect myself?
Tarek: there are a lot of small and easy things you can do, maybe you are already doing some of them, but at this time, we all just need to be more rational and careful while practicing our daily lives and activities:
Wash your hands more regularly, for at least 20 seconds, dry them with a paper towel then toss them in the trash .
If you can’t wash your hands with soap and water, use hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your face especially your eyes, nose and mouth.
-Cover your nose and mouth with a paper napkin when coughing or sneezing, remove the paper napkins and wash your hands afterwards.
Try to avoid manual contact with others outside of your immediate family, there are many innovative ways that people around the world how to communicate with each other without touching hands, such as the “interests of football” instead of a handshake .
Avoid contact with people who feel tired, or if you feel symptoms, visit a doctor .
Ask the people in some countries or cities to practice “social distancing.”, this basically means maintaining a distance from others, avoid social gatherings, such as meeting with friends, going to sporting events or concerts, this is to help prevent transmission of the virus from person to person.