Coronavirus (also referred to as COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2) continues to spread and affect everyone's lives, with the total number of global cases surpassing 106,000, including 3,800 deaths (as of March 9, 2020). The outbreak, which is believed to have begun in China, is now in over 100 countries across the globe, with entire regions of some countries -- like Italy -- being locked down and other nations closing schools. Additionally, numerous festivals and events have been canceled, postponed or remain in limbo, and going on a cruise and extended air travel is being discouraged. The Doctors share important information on symptoms of the virus and what to keep an eye out for.
According to The CDC, people infected have ranged from having little or no symptoms to others who have become severely ill. Coronavirus COVID-19 symptoms can include:
- Shortness of breath
The CDC states, "The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.)"
As a safety reminder, The Doctors reiterate that currently there is no coronavirus vaccine, and the CDC stresses the best way to prevent infection is avoiding being exposed and urges everyone to take these preventive actions to stop the spread of the virus:
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not accessible
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Minimize or avoid exposure to sick people
- Stay home if you are sick
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and then dispose of the tissue
- Frequently clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are often handled
Find out more details on coronavirus from infectious disease expert Dr. Ravina Kullar who shared important information with The Doctors about the virus, who she feels is most at risk, and what types of places and events she recommends avoiding.
Also, stay informed on the latest information on the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization and learn about prevention methods and what to do if you are infected.