What is CoVid-19 a.k.a Coronavirus?

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new Coronavirus which is spread primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. And unfortunately the virus can stay on surfaces for hours, even days in some cases, depending on the surface. Check out my blog on facts about CoVid-19 for details. Similar to the seasonal influenza symptoms, coronavirus comes in the full package and has joined the list of global health challenges that we now face in teh 21st century.. 

CoVid-19 Symptoms. 

These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. That is why it can also spread so quickly, because while you look out for those with symptoms, you might just be the one everyone has to look out for. That is also why social distancing makes sense. The most common symptoms are Fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Symptoms vary from patient to patient. Other symptoms include: 

  • Aches and pains. 
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat and/or diarrhea. 
  • In more severe cases, difficulty breathing.

As we face a new global health challenge, we are individually tasked with the responsibility to combat the spread of this new CoVid-19 virus. Masks are almost turning to gold in some regions.  Many are ready to pay anything to get one. Celebrities are blinking up their mask. Here is the thing you should consider now about masks – we have a world-wide shortage, which means we have to use them wisely. It is recommended that you only wear a mask if you are ill with COVID-19 symptoms (especially coughing) or looking after someone who may have COVID-19. 

Except you have abundant supply. If so, donate them to the health care personal as they need it the most. Disposable face masks can only be used once. This is a fact. Read more facts about CoVid-19. According to WHO, If you are not ill or looking after someone who is ill, and then wearing a mask, you are wasting a mask. Now I am wondering. If people do not show signs or symptoms but have the virus and are contagious, would wearing a mast not be wise? What can you do? Check out effective ways to protect against coronavirus, both to keep yourself safe and others. 

Chloroquine is not confirmed as a medication against CoVid-19. 

As the media explores all possible storytelling approaches to keep the issue “breaking news”, one voice must cause alarm – president Trump. President Trump seriously suggested during an interview that chloroquine, a drug used for malaria, might just be the medication for CorVid-19. Trump is Trump and chloroquine is for malaria! So no, Chloroquine has not been confirmed to work as of the date of publishing this article. And the Coronavirus is not malaria. So when you waste your money on malaria medications, remember to save some for soap and water, as this has been one of the most effective actions so far to combat the spread of the virus. To learn about more actions, kindly read my article on 7 ways to protect against CoVid-19. 

Does antibiotics work against Coronavirus?

No. Antibiotics do not work against viruses, they only work on bacterial infections. COVID-19 is caused by a virus, so antibiotics do not work. Antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment of COVID-19. They should only be used as directed by a physician to treat a bacterial infection. Actually that’s an order by the World Health Organisation!

That was a short overview of the current CoVid-19 pandemic crisis we are facing. In this blog series, we have dedicated a number of articles to show you how to protect yourself and give you in depth information about this issue. More articles on wellbeing for entrepreneurs will be posted weekly. Due to the CoVid-19 crises, we would update our CoVid-19 page daily or even multiple times a day to give entrepreneurs, especially mumpreneurs the best possible support through this season. 

To stay updated about new releases and published content, follow me on instagram and/or comeback to our CoVid-19 page daily. For general Joadre updates, use our main newsletter. Follow me on instagram to see how I am spending my time #homeoffice #social distancing #immune booster. Thank you for reading till the end. If you have worries and need details about the ongoing Covid-19 crises and other global health challenges, be sure to write to your local health center or the provided email/telephone contact available in your region for this issue. 

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I am Joana, a Nigerian-born Austrian-based entrepreneur and activist. Founded Joadre in 2012 and continue to develop content to engage and empower African SMEs.

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