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SARS-CoV-2: An Overview

Who Is Affected by SARS-CoV-2?

SARS-CoV-2 is a virus that causes a respiratory illness known as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The virus is highly contagious and has spread quickly around the world, causing a global pandemic.

Anyone can be infected with SARS-CoV-2, but some people are at higher risk of developing severe illness, such as older adults and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

What Are the Symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 Infection?

The most common symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 are:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

In some cases, people with SARS-CoV-2 infection may not show any symptoms, but they can still spread the virus to others.

How Is SARS-CoV-2 Spread?

The virus is primarily spread through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. It is also possible to become infected from touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Therefore, it is important to practice hand hygiene and social distancing to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2.

What Is the Treatment for SARS-CoV-2 Infection?

Currently, there is no specific treatment for SARS-CoV-2 infection. Most people who are infected will recover with rest, fluids, and over-the-counter medications to relieve symptoms.

In some cases, people may need hospitalization or additional treatments, such as supplemental oxygen or antiviral drugs.

How Can I Protect Myself from SARS-CoV-2?

The best way to protect yourself and others from SARS-CoV-2 infection is to follow public health guidelines, such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when in public settings.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get a flu vaccine every year.

By following these guidelines, you can help protect yourself and your community from SARS-CoV-2.

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