Some of the people infected with COVID-19 do get better and recover on their own. It depends largely on how a person’s immune system react to the virus. In the meantime, experts urge people to remain calm and not experiment themselves with unproven drugs that could have side effects worse than the disease itself. In most hospitals, COVID-19 patients are often given antivirals in combinations to help decrease the chance the virus can survive and mutate into a non-treatable form
COVID-19 patients with severe illness can develop acute respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS. Experts say that this extremely serious syndrome isn’t caused by the virus but by the body’s response to it. This means that a person with a very good immune system is more likely to survive coronavirus as opposed to a person with a weak or low immune system. Therefore, it is strongly advisable to try to improve your immune system.
Now, let’s go straight to the point. Despite widespread rumors, social media reports and President Donald Trump’s fake news surrounding the effectiveness of several existing drugs, fact is there’s no magic drug used in curing coronavirus right now.
Experts say that when COVID-19 treatments do arrive, they will likely fall into two categories which are:
1. The first will be aimed at slowing down replication of the virus in patients early in the disease.
2. The second will help stop the deadly autoinflammatory response in the lungs in its critical stage.
Major ways to prevent and cure coronavirus are highlighted below:
SELF QUARANTINE: Self quarantine or self isolation is the best way to prevent coronavirus because if you quarantine yourself, the deadly disease can hardly be transfered to you by another person. Unfortunately, most people can not afford to quarantine themselves because they need to go to work.
STOP SMOKING: Smoking increases the risks of respiratory complications and COVID-19 is a respiratory disease. Therefore, a smoker is more likely to die of coronavirus as opposed to a non-smoker. Stoping smoking thus helps in preventing and curing COVID-19.
AVOID TOUCHING YOUR FACE: Avoid touching your face (especially your eyes, nose, and mouth) unless you have just washed your hands. This is necessary because your eyes, nose, and mouth are the main route through which a virus can get into your system, via the oral and respiratory nasal route. Avoid the little habit of putting your finger into your nose, biting your nails. etc. Experts say that people who often bring their hands to their faces put themselves more at risk of infection.
SANITIZING: Before the treatment becomes available, it is advisable to often clean and sanitize your hands as well as your sorroundings as this can remove any possible germs that may carry the disease.
SOCIAL DISTANCING: Social distancing is a very good way of reducing the spread of the disease from one persosn to another. Hence most governments have decided to close their schools, churches, mosques and other social gatherings. Practice social distancing, avoid shaking hands or hugging others.
Study suggests that currently, it appears about 15% of those infected go on to have severe illness and need to be hospitalized. Another 5% become so ill that they must be treated in an intensive care unit.
EARLY TREATMENT: See a doctor as soon as you have the symptoms. Coronavirus symptoms are normally fever, headaches and cough, and in some cases shortness of breath. However, there have been cases of few to no symptoms for some of those infected. Patients with COVID-19 go through a series of stages in their illness. Given the fact that it is easier to cure the disease in the early stage, it is beter to see a doctor on time if you feel you have the symptoms.
WEAR FACE MASK: Putting on face mask to cover your nose and mouth in public places in order to prevent you from breathing in harmful substances, such as bacteria or pollution. It also prevents you from breathing bacteria or viruses onto anyone else. Note that when removing the mask from your face, avoid touching any part of your face.
COVID-19 incubation period (time from exposure to the development of symptoms) of the virus is estimated to be between 2 and 14 days. Knowing the incubation period is very important for health authorities as it allows them to introduce more effective quarantine systems for people suspected of carrying the virus, as a way of controlling and hopefully preventing the spread of the virus.
A lot of possible antivirals that might work against the virus have been in the news and on social media, none have been tested to ensure they work against the disease or are safe. we hope that antiviral drugs would soon be rolled out and given to patients to slow or stop the virus from reproducing in the patient’s body, in order to allow the immune system respond and prevent the development of the virus to more severe and untreatable form of the disease.