What is more harrowing than being trapped in a cruise ship, stuck on an airplane or in an airport possibly surrounded by people infected with a novel, highly contagious and potentially deadly virus? Misinformation and sensationalist reporting doesn’t help calm one’s fears. After public health authorities around the world declared the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a public health emergency, the level of international concern has grown. But what are the actual facts? How do I know if I am susceptible? What symptoms should I look out for and what will happen to me if I contract the disease?
The World Health Organization (WHO) puts persons with pre-existing medical conditions and older age (>50 years) at greater risk. A nationwide analysis in China has found a potentially increased risk for cancer patients. Other risk factors include male gender, systemic immunosuppressive state and exposure to the virus. Signs like fever, tiredness and dry cough tend to be most common, albeit non-specific symptoms; others like aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea tend to be mild and have a gradual onset. According to the WHO, around eighty percent of individuals infected with 2019-nCoV recover without treatment. Some may even be symptom-free.
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