Across the globe the impact and effects of COVID-19 can easily be seen. In a short period of time we have made major changes to the way we interact with the world around us and those we share it with. From wearing facemasks out in public and celebrating life events with those we love virtually, to adapting new words and phrases in our daily jargon, nothing is quite the same.
While we transition into an era where words like, “quarantine,” and “pandemic,” have become the new norm, it is important to arm ourselves with knowledge, in order to stay informed and successfully stop the spread of this disease. Over the last several months there has been a spike of online searches made with the intention of understanding the difference between COVID-19 and the coronavirus.
The name COVID-19 was decided on by the World Health Organization in February of this year. This name was given to this disease because it comes from the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and was discovered in December 2019. The name is an acronym that stands for coronavirus disease of 2019. COVID-19 is not the only strain of the coronavirus. In fact, the coronavirus is actually a family of viruses, with at least seven of the viruses having the ability to infect people. These viruses are classified as coronaviruses due to their crown-like spikes–coronas–that are visible whenever closely inspected.
The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 causes COVID-19, which appears to be a mild to moderate illness for most who contract it. Unfortunately, for others who have contracted this illness it has led to more severe complications, including pneumonia and death. The most common symptoms of this virus are a persistent cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Unfortunately, many patients who contract COVID-19 will show no symptoms of the illness but will still be contagious. Everyday doctors and medical research professionals are gathering new data in order to learn more about quickly identifying, treating, and preventing this illness.
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At Healthy Living Primary Care in Conroe, TX, we understand that when you or someone you love becomes ill, it can quickly interfere with your life. Seeking medical care at the first sign of an illness can help to minimize your symptoms and speed up the healing process. Our dedicated staff of healthcare workers provide wellness checks for patients of all ages. Whether you think you have the common cold, a virus, or an infection of some type, our staff of dedicated healthcare professionals are here to help you. Schedule an appointment with us today to learn more about how we can help you feel great!
Healthy Living Primary Care
600 S. Conroe Medical Dr
Conroe TX 77304