Wednesday, March 18, 2020

SARS-CoV-2 (4)

How is this virus spread? Well, it is being called a new virus and is different from other corona viruses and from flu-influenza viruses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC, this virus may spread in the same way as other corona viruses. That is, most likely by person-to-person contact between individuals from skin touch and droplets and from contaminated surfaces. It may also be disseminated through air-borne transmission. There is currently no vaccine for this new coronavirus although research is ongoing. Creating and testing a vaccine takes time. So, what’s the point of getting a flu vaccine every year you may ask? Each year a flu vaccine is developed to help provide protection against the expected top two or three viruses that cause the flu (influenza), although unexpected viruses may surface. The vaccine is designed to boost the immune system and trigger it to create antibodies against those viruses. A person might still get sick from a different virus but may avoid more serious complications, unless an underlying chronic illness is present, especially one that involved the lungs. There is some speculation that it may be easier to transmit than previous coronaviruses. More tomorrow.

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