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Originally Answered: How dangerous is the coronavirus?
Most coronaviruses cause mild symptoms like a respiratory illness that patients usually recover from. Other strains of the virus such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) are severe and can cause pneumonia and can be fatal if not treated at the right time.
Infection with the MERS virus can cause fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and is especially dangerous in older people or people with weakened immune systems or other illnesses. In severe cases, it can cause respiratory failure and sometimes cause kidney failure.
Coronaviruses infect humans on a regular basis and are one of a number of viral groups that cause symptoms that we clump together and call the common cold: coughing, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, and fever. While this could leave you feeling unwell for a few days, they’re rarely lethal. The common cold-causing coronaviruses are with humans for a few time and thus we have a natural immunity to them, reducing the risk of lethal infections.
There is nothing to panic since precautions are being taken to contain the spread of the virus globally. India has already issued a health advisory and has started screening passengers arriving from China at different city airports and suspected cases are being kept in isolation. We should promote preventive measures among the public and ensure that our healthcare institutes are ready to tackle the same with sound knowledge and appropriate preventative measures. To counter the same, people should follow and preach respiratory etiquettes in public spaces.
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