Coronavirus Guide

Coronavirus Guide

The coronavirus that has been growing throughout the US and around the world is the same one that caused SARS. The virus continues to cause symptoms, and some are extremely ill. Immunization is the best way to avoid infection. You can also help stop the spread by following safe routines. This includes ensuring there is adequate airflow in the home, avoiding social interactions and wearing a face-mask when you’re in public. If you do contract a virus staying current with your medicine can protect your body from serious illness as well as hospitalization and even death.

A single virus particle, known as a virion, measures approximately 80 nanometers wide. It has a layer of protein protecting a ball of RNA, which contains the genetic code needed to make viruses. A spike protein on the surface of a virus interacts with a receptor on healthy cells. This is usually a protein called ACE2. This allows the virus to enter the cell. Once inside the cell it will hijack the protein-making machinery of the host to create tens of thousands of copies of itself. The virions are released from the cell to infect other cells and make more virus.

People who have contracted this new coronavirus may experience symptoms such as a swollen nose, cough, sore throat and fever. Some sufferers have more serious symptoms, such as the heart and lung issues. Most people recover without long-term consequences.



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