Coronavirus is a virus that has been with us for many years and has been seen in many forms. It is a ‘flu’ type virus that attacks the body through entering healthy cells and multiplying in the body. Unfortunately, this virus appears to have the ability to develop itself and become more difficult and dangerous to deal with; either that, of course, or there is suspicion that it can be developed which is another story all on its own!
COVID-19, the latest iteration of the Coronavirus family, latches its spiky surface proteins, most dominantly, onto the healthy cells associated with the body’s respiratory system.
Specifically, the viral proteins burst into cells through angiotensin-converting enzyme2 (ACE2) receptors. These ACE2 receptors are important for a number of reasons, but primarily are responsible for managing Blood pressure.
Once inside, COVID-19 hijacks healthy cells assuming command; killing healthy cells.
COVID-19 is transferred from any infected person’s cough, sneeze, spit, or breath. These droplets have a varied life-danger span of:
Airborne. This is measured as being around 30 minutes but can be up to 3 hours.
Surfaces. Dependant upon surface this will be around 4 to 72 hours.
It is just so important that everybody maintains the cleansing requirements as closely as they can because; these dangerous droplets could be in the air or on a surface that they touch. By through cleansing it is possible to remove the danger before then touching the face; eyes, nose or mouth giving passage to the mucous membranes in the throat and further advancing.
The symptoms may then appear, most are widely known and include:
Shortness of breath and trouble breathing
Chills, sometimes with shaking
Body aches, Headache, sore throat
Loss of taste and smell
Sickness and diarrhoea
The journey for this virus will then be progressing down the respiratory tract, lower airways have more ACE2 receptors than the rest of the respiratory tract and these are a target. Whilst for the majority mostly this will be a mild illness. However, there are a number of recipients that will suffer far more severe effects from the infection; resulting in; acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Problems symptomatic from ARDS can lead to many long-term associated issues or the possible death of the patient.
One of the biggest problems we do have is that a lot of this transmission can occur from; infected asymptomatic carriers, but also those who have been infected but are not yet showing their symptoms. COVID-19 is not to be treated lightly as too many appear to believe it has gone:
COVID-19 WILL NOT JUST GO AWAY; IT REQUIRES EVERYBODY TO STILL TAKE EXTREME CARE AND MEASURES TO ASSIST ITS ERADICATION.
It really is not that difficult and we have been through so much already but:
WE DESPERATELY NEED TO BE CAREFUL OUT THERE, OR ANY FORM OF NORMALITY CANNOT EVER COME BACK!