Regardless of Coronavirus Disease, it is important to breathe clean air in your home or business. When was the last time you cleaned your air ducts? Does anyone you live or work with suffer from allergies, asthma, or other breathing problems? Cleaning your air ducts can help. Coronavirus disease spreads to the lungs from being near a person who sneezes or even talks near you. It is very contagious. Even touching the same things as someone with Coronavirus and then touching your face can infect you with Coronavirus Disease. The virus can live on surfaces for days so it is important to always keep your environment clean. For more information about air purification click here.
What is this new Coronavirus? Some people say it is similar to the Flu so why is everyone so worried? Because there is a vaccine for the Flu (Influenza) but not for the Coronavirus. Below are some similarities and differences about the Flu and Coronavirus Disease.
Symptoms: Both the flu and Coronavirus Disease can cause fever, cough, pain, weakness, vomiting, and diarrhea. Both can lead to pneumonia or death.
Spread: People coughing, sneezing, or even talking can spread the flu or the Coronavirus through the air to other people.
Treatment: Antibiotics do not work on the Flu or Coronavirus because antibiotics target bacteria and these are viruses, not bacteria. Treatment involves reducing the symptoms like fever, or hospitalization and mechanical ventilation for severe cases.
Prevention: (1) Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (2) Cough into your elbow, not your hand. When you cough into your hand and then touch something else you can infect other people. (3) Stay at home if you are sick. (4) Stay away from other people who are sick.
Flu: Caused by any of several different types and strains of influenza viruses.
Coronavirus: Caused by one virus, the novel 2019 coronavirus, now called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2.
Medicine: Flu: Some medicine is available. Coronavirus: No specific medicine to treat.
Vaccine: Flu: There is a vaccine for many flu strains. Coronavirus: No vaccine has been made yet.
Reference: Johns Hopkins Medicine