The Wuhan Coronavirus symptoms include fever, cough, headaches, chills, body aches, a sore throat and fatigue. Vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported. There are no antiviral medications that are effective. Not every patient who has the Wuhan coronavirus exhibits every symptom.
It is important to remember that the common cold, a coronavirus, has many of the same symptoms. As does influenza. However, the onset of the flu is usually much more severe and quicker than with the common cold. You go to bed with mild symptoms in the evening and wake up with the full blown flu the next morning. Cold symptoms last about 7 days with a gradual onset and then a decrease of symptoms.
It is important to remember that flu is not a rare illness. According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control, www.cdc.gov, 5 to 20 percent of the U.S. population suffers from a case of the flu each year.
The coronavirus (and the common cold is a coronavirus) is typically spread from one person to another when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus can pass through an infected person’s lungs, throat or nose, sending particles into the air that can pass to anyone that person comes in close contact with. The range to pass the infection is from 3 to 6 feet.
Being out in a crowd increases your chances of being infected, because the more people you’re exposed to the higher the probability that several of them have the beginning stages of the flu. Additionally the closer people are next to each other the less distance the virus has to travel when airborne.
Being in an airplane in the closed environment with someone who has the flu makes it more likely the flu spreads to the other passengers. Transportation by bus or subway increases the close approximation between passengers.
The other main way the virus spreads is from touching surfaces that are contaminated with the virus and then touching your eyes, mouth or nose. You may pick up the flu virus if you touch the contaminated surface and then touch your face.