UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — People who confirmed they were being treated in hospital for coronavirus, but what kind of treatment are they receiving and how effective is it? What is this virus?
The virus, dubbed 2019-nCoV so far, has killed 170 people in China and infected more than 7,000 people. It has spread to 16 other countries. The symptoms that come with this virus are common infections which cause cold fever, coughing and respiratory problems.
People who get this new virus will only suffer mild symptoms and most are expected to make a full recovery. But like Sarsi (also a coronavirus), it seems to pose a particular risk to older people and those with pre-existing illnesses. There is no equal cure and cure for this virus as for ordinary viruses. Those admitted to the hospital are given treatment for their symptoms as their immune systems try to fight the virus.
Laying also serves to isolate patients and stop the spread of the virus, says Prof Jonathan Ball, a virologist at the University of Nottingham. In severe cases, the virus can cause pneumonia – an inflammation of the lungs. In those cases breathing may need to be supported, says Prof Ball. Patients are given oxygen and in the worst cases can be placed on a ventilator. About one in four cases is thought to be severe.
“If a patient has difficulty breathing, they are given oxygen. If there is pressure on the organs, they will try to support the body in relieving that pressure, ”says Prof Ball. In milder cases, patients trying to maintain blood pressure may be given an intravenous drip.
Fluids can also be given in cases of diarrhea, and ibuprofen is also available to relieve pain. Zhang Dingyu, director of the Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital, told China’s state-run CCTV broadcaster that patients who would be treated there were “in good shape”.
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