Corona Virus

Published : Feb 04, 2020
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    If you are someone who follows the daily news, or are aware of your surroundings and global news, then quite lately you must have definitely come across the term 'Coronavirus' 


    First things first, the name 'coronavirus' is derived from the Latin 'corona' meaning crown or halo, which refers to the characteristic appearance of the virus particles by electron microscopy. It refers to the fringe around microscopic virus particles that have spiky edge resembling a royal crown.

    Corona viruses were first discovered in the 1960s. The earliest ones discovered were IBV (Infectious Bronchitis Virus) in chickens and two other viruses from nasal cavities of humans with common cold. Other members of this virus family have then been identified including SARS-CoV (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus) in 2003, HCoV NL63 (Human Coronavirus- NL63) in 2004, HKU1 (Human Coronavirus HKU1) in 2005, MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus) in 2012 and now 2019-nCoV (Novel Coronavirus). Most of these have been involved in serious respiratory and gastronomical diseases.
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    The most recent common ancestor of the coronaviruses has been linked with animals and birds. Especially that appears in snakes and bats. Although an initial analysis of the virus suggested it was similar to coronavirus seen in snakes, but a team of virologists at Wuhan Institute for Virology released a paper showing that 96% of today's coronaviruses' genetic traces is seen in the coronavirus found in bats. It was then found that the warm blooded flying birds are ideal hosts for the gene source of coronaviruses. Bats were also the original source of SARS and MERS viruses.
    In between 2002 to 2003, the first outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) was seen in southern china, which caused an eventual 8,098 cases, resulting in 774 deaths reported in 17 countries.

    In September 2012, a new type of coronavirus was identified, initially called 'Novel Coronavirus 2012', and now officially named Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

    Novel Corona Virus (2019-nCoV)

    In December 2019, a Pneumonia outbreak was reported in Wuhan, China. On 31 December 2019, the outbreak was traced to a novel strain of coronavirus, which was labeled as 2019-nCoV by World Health Organization. Apparently, the virus seems to have originated from a seafood market in Wuhan, where wild animals, including birds, rabbits, bats and snakes were traded illegally. Coronaviruses are known to jump from animals to humans, so it’s thought that the first people infected with the disease – a group primarily made up of stall holders from the seafood market, contracted it from contact with animals. Although the Wuhan market was shut down for inspection and cleaning on January 1, by then it appears that the coronavirus was already starting to spread beyond the market itself. On January 21, the WHO stated that the disease was also being transmitted between humans; evidence of which is apparent after the medical staff also became infected with the virus. Cases in Taiwan, Germany, Vietnam and Japan also involved patients who had not been to China, implying that there has been some human-to-human transmission outside of China. Therefore it's high time, that we started to be cautious and take care of ourselves.

    How will coronavirus affect humans?

    Coronaviruses are a large group of zoonotic viruses that cause illness ranging from common cold to more severe respiratory diseases. This can be particularly dangerous in older patients, or people who have existing health conditions. Of five early deaths where researchers had analyzed their available medical history, four of them had underlying medical conditions like cirrhosis of the liver, hypertension and diabetes that may have made them more vulnerable to the virus.

    Transmission & Symptoms

    You can catch corona virus by breathing the air standing near a person who has cold or sneezes in front of you. Or you can be affected by touching a surface which has virus on it. For example, if an infected person touches his nose and then touches a door handle, and then you are next to touch the door. Once the virus is in your hands, it is easy to accidentally inhale or swallow it after you touch your nose or mouth. Once it is inside you, the coronavirus causes symptoms like flu, headache, nausea, runny nose, fever, cough, sore throat, aches and pains. But it can get much worse in a variety of ways. As of now, 2019-nCoV infections reported illnesses have ranged from people being mildly sick to people being severely ill and even dying! Scary! Isn't it?

    Prevention & Treatment

    There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. A change in few habits can be really beneficial. For example, regularly washing hands with soap and water, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, stay home when you're sick. In addition to these, a few additions can be made in your diet as well. You can add energy drinks, stamina drinks, fitness drinks, electrolyte drinks and hydration supplements in your daily diet as it would help to maintain the right nutrition balance in your body keeping you away from sickness. Fast&Up Reload is a hypotonic effervescent hydration supplement during workout for instant hydration and electrolyte replenishment for your body with the right combination of electrolytes, antioxidant, carbohydrates and vitamins. 
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    Apart from these drinks, you can also add few health supplements to charge up your immune system and stay healthy. These supplements are essential for those who want to avoid getting sick and maintain daily immune health. Studies show that individuals who have more stressful lives are at risk for low Vitamin C levels.

    Vitamin C is highly necessary for body growth and repair. Vitamin C decreases more rapidly with increased stress; hence daily supplementation can help to manage better the emotional and physical stress and helps you in boosting your immune activity. You can use antioxidants tablets and Vitamin C supplements. Fast&Up Charge is a completely Natural Vitamin C supplement which delivers immunity boosting ingredients like 1000 mg natural Amla Extract and 10 mg Zinc to help boost immune activity, support a robust immune response and increase resistance to immune challenges.
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