Symptoms of Coronavirus
The clinical spectrum of this type of infection varies from the absence of symptoms to mild or acute respiratory symptoms. This typology usually involves cough, fever and breathing difficulties. It is common for pneumonia and, in the case of MERS, gastrointestinal symptoms, especially diarrhea, can also be recorded.
As with the influenza virus, the most severe symptoms (and the highest mortality) are recorded in both the elderly and those with immunosuppression or with chronic diseases such as diabetes, some types of cancer or chronic lung disease. In extreme cases it can cause respiratory failure.
To date, no vaccine or specific treatment is available to combat coronavirus infection. Maintaining basic hygiene is the most effective way to avoid contracting this virus in places where there is a greater risk of transmission, mainly in areas of the planet where cases have been recorded. It is convenient to wash your hands frequently and avoid contact with people already infected, especially protecting eyes, nose, and mouth.
Those who may be in contact with potentially affected persons are advised to wear masks and use handkerchiefs to cover their nose and mouth when they cough or sneeze. When the MERS-Cov emerged, it was reported that products of animal origin properly processed by cooking or pasteurization do not pose any risk of infection, but should be handled with care to avoid contamination by contact with raw products.
Camel meat and milk may continue to be consumed after pasteurization, cooking or other heat treatments; However, its raw consumption should be discarded. These precautions should be followed especially by those who suffer from diabetes, kidney failure, chronic pneumopathy or immunosuppression since they have a higher risk of serious illness in case of coronavirus infection.