By now we’re all very much aware of the Coronavirus pandemic that seems to be surfacing in new parts of the world almost daily. But what do you know about this microscopic agent that is quickly grabbing global headlines?
Discovered in the 1960s, Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can infect mammals and birds. In humans, the viruses generally cause mild to moderate respiratory infections such as the common cold. However, in some rare forms the Coronavirus can be lethal.
In late 2019, medical facilities throughout the Wuhan, China region were seeing an alarming rise in respiratory illness. Even more concerning was the fact that known treatment seemed to have no effect on the virus. The cause was soon identified as a new and deadly coronavirus: 2019-nCoV. The number of known cases is quickly escalating as the virus continues to spread throughout Europe, North America, and the Asia-Pacific region.
Much like any other respiratory illness, the virus is spread from person to person via coughing, sneezing, and direct contact. Symptoms generally include fever, coughing, sneezing, and shortness of breath, yet there are confirmed cases with little to no symptoms. While the incubation period of the new coronavirus ranges from 2 to 14 days, there is evidence that it may be contagious during this period and for several days after recovery. Severity of the illness ranges from mild discomfort to those becoming seriously ill and dying.
With any virus, quick and accurate diagnosis is key; especially for at-risk groups including the very young and elderly. And American Thermal Instruments (ATI), a brand of CAVU Group, offers reliable temperature monitoring solutions to pinpoint possible risk.
Forehead thermometers from ATI are an effective way to measure core body temperature in real-time with accurate and easy-to-read results. These printed, disposable forehead thermometers are safe for those of all ages, fast, and convenient. And because they don’t require a battery, ATI thermometers are readily available and can be shipped anywhere.
Liquid crystal technology is a key component of virtually all precision temperature-reading devices. ATI’s Microtemp Technology offers FDA-approved moving-line temperature monitoring devices that display in real-time and vivid color to designate core body temperature with a ± 0.1° C accuracy point.
Currently there is no vaccine to prevent the 2019-nCoV infection. So, while medical researchers scramble for a cure there are steps that can be taken to help ensure one’s wellbeing. The most effective way to prevent infection is to avoid contact with the virus. This includes averting close contact with people who are sick and staying home when sick yourself. Here are few added steps to staying healthy:
- Wash your hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Throughout history the medical community has been challenged with new virus strains to conquer; and the Coronavirus is no different. It’s just a matter of time before an effective vaccine is developed to eradicate the threat. Until then, however, it is important to remember that we must all take part in the battle. Take the extra precautions to ensure your health and the wellbeing of those around you to help prevent the spread of this latest health risk.