The coronavirus is a large family of different viruses that have been around for a long time now. This virus family was known to have infected not only people but also various species such as cattle, bats, and camels. The first recorded human infection of coronavirus, which caused a common cold, occurred in 1965. Later on, scientists have discovered a group of similar human and animal viruses.
In 2019, another strain from the coronavirus called COVID-19 started spreading in Wuhan, China. This new strain exhibited symptoms such as fever, cough, fatigue, loss of taste and smell, shortness of breath, and chest pains. Furthermore, COVID-19 was highly transmissible and could even progress to pneumonia.
Given all these factors, governments and medical professionals worldwide have exhausted their best efforts to slow down the transmission of the virus. As a result, multiple lockdowns were mandated along with strict health protocols, such as wearing masks, social distancing, and self quarantining. Apart from this, tests like PCR test and rapid antigen test were conducted to diagnose anyone exhibiting the said symptoms.
In 2020, the virus peaked, and the number of infected and death cases soared uncontrollably. Every day, you would hear thousands of cases being reported. Among these cases, it was found that a weak immune system is among the top causes why a person succumbs to the effects of the virus. The immunocompromised include the elderly, pregnant women, individuals with respiratory issues, and people with comorbidities.
Fortunately, vaccines that aim to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 were finally developed in 2021. Although these vaccines cannot fully immunize a person, they have provided tremendous aid in slowing down the death rates of COVID infections. The same health protocols are still there to help prevent the spread of the virus, and people are still advised to follow these.
Truly, the pandemic has tested many facets of our everyday lives. And until today, the effects of COVID can still be felt. Aside from the health department, multiple sectors, such as the economy and tourism, were also greatly affected. The battle with COVID is still a long way, and protecting yourself is the only best way you can do to ensure your safety and the people around you.
If you want to know more about COVID-19 and whether or not you are at higher risk, you can read this infographic by Harley Medic.
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