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The New Coronavirus

The New Coronavirus

  • Description
    • The new Coronavirus

      The Coronavirus originates from a family of viruses that can cause respiratory diseases and whose structure is rather pointy, resembling a crown (from Spanish, “corona”). According to W.H.O (World Health Organisation), a new kind of virus, known as 2019-nCoV or “Coronavirus”, has been discovered on January 7th by the Chinese authorities.

       

      Until then, there were only six kinds of coronavirus that could infect humans, going from the harmless mutations, responsible for the common flu, to the most hazardous ones, such as the MERS (Middle East Respiratory Disease), which killed hundreds of people every year in the last two decades.
       
      The symptoms of the new coronavirus (2019-nCov) may include fever, cough, fatigue and shortness of breath. In milder cases of the coronavirus, the infected person will experience something similar to a flu, while severe cases can cause pneumonia, renal insufficiency and even death.



       

      How does it spread?

       

      According to the National Health Commission of China, the new coronavirus can spread before symptoms even appear. However, it's unclear how easily it spreads from  person to person. This same Health Comission also alerts to the fact that the coronavirus's incubation period can vary between one to fourteen days.

       

      What is the treatment?

       

      There is no specific treatment, but research is underway. Most of the time, symptoms will go away on their own and experts advise seeking care early. If symptoms feel worse than a standard cold, see your doctor.
      Doctors can relieve symptoms by prescribing pain or fever medication. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also states a room humidifier or a hot shower can help with a sore throat or cough. Drink plenty of fluids, get rest and sleep as much as possible.

       

      How to protect yourself from getting infected according to the World
      Health Organization?

       

      WHO’s standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses
      are as follows, which include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices:

       

      Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;

       

       

      When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissueaway immediately and wash hands;

       

       

      Avoid close contact with anyone who hasa fever and cough; 

       

       

      If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider;

       

       

      When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of the novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in   contact with animals;

       

       

      The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-  contamination with uncookedfoods, as per good food safety practices.

       

       

      Some examples of virus inactivation through heat
       
      Numerous studies have been conducted on the inactivation of viruses through heat application. For instance, the HIV virus in the blood will die when exposed to 77°C for only 0.006 seconds. In another study, "parvovirus" and "phage phiX174" were completely inactivated when exposed to 103°C for 90 seconds. In the case of herpes viruses, elevated temperatures inhibit the release of proteins necessary for a successful infection.

       

       

      Airborne viruses are no different. A study of respiratory syncytial virus (the main cause of wheezing in children less than 2 years old) showed that when the virus is exposed to 65°C for 45 minutes, its infection capacity is decreased, and the conformational proteins are transformed, reducing the activity of substances responsible for inflammation, hypersensitivity and airway damage.

      The SARS virus (causative agent of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) has thermosensitive (heat-sensitive) proteins in its envelope, which can be fully denatured at 55°C, the same temperature at which the SARS virus was proven to be inactivated.
      Similarly, the proteins that are essential for the transmission of infectious influenza viruses are sensitive to variations in pH and temperatures between 55°C and 70°C6.

       
      Airfree® and its TSS™ ceramic core;

      We have just seen some examples of virus inactivation through heating. In all these cases the temperatures were lower than the internal temperature of 200°C found in the Airfree TSS™ ceramic core.

      Since 1977, studies show that the higher the temperature, the faster the proteins are denatured. Therefore, we can conclude that in most cases, Airfree ® purifier is effective in inactivating proteins from viruses, resulting in their inability to cause infections.

       
      Warning: Airfree’s technology is capable of eliminating all kinds of airborne viruses, representing, therefore, a great ally in the fight against contamination. However, it is not possible to guarantee viruses won’t be inhaled before they are destroyed. Consequently, Airfree does not substitute any of the measures indicated by health agencies throughout the world.

       
      How do they work?
      They dramatically reduce air pollution by burning the microorganisms. As a result, the contaminated air is drawn into the Airfree® ceramic core and destroyed at high temperatures. This air purification cycle is silent, requires no maintenance and is guaranteed by numerous tests.



       
      AIRFREE® FEATURES:

      Efficient - Tested and approved in real environments (no simulations) at the best institutes around the world. Airfree® destroys any microorganism passing through the ceramic sterilizer, regardless of its size or hazard level.

      Silent - Completely noiseless.

      Exclusive - Internationally patented technology that is exclusive to Airfree® products, the only one that also reduces ozone concentrations.

      Economic - No part replacement expenses or significant energy costs, since Airfree® consumes only 48w per hour.

      Practical - Turn it on and forget about it, since the devices require no maintenance or cleaning.

      No contraindications – Completely natural process which uses no radiation, chemical or toxic products, and do not interfere with the temperature or humidity of the environment.

       

       

  • FAQ´S
    • What is the novel coronavirus?
      This is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.
      Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness in humans and animals. In humans, this large family of viruses are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

       

      What are the symptoms of novel coronavirus?
      In confirmed cases of illness in humans, common symptoms have been acute, serious respiratory illness with fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. Based on current clinical experience, the infection generally presents as pneumonia. It has caused kidney failure and death in some cases. It is important to note that the current understanding of the illness caused by this infection is based on a limited number of cases and may change as more information becomes available.

       

      Can it be transmitted from person to person?
      This is not known with certainty at this time. The cases occurring in the same family raises the possibility of limited human-to-human transmission. Alternatively, it is possible that the infected family members were exposed to the same source of infection, for example, in a household or workplace.

       

      How could I become infected with this virus?
      To date, we do not know how humans have become infected with this virus. Investigations are underway to determine the virus source, types of exposure that lead to infection, mode of transmission and the clinical pattern and course of disease.

       

      Is there a vaccine for the novel coronavirus?
      There is no vaccine currently available.

       

      Is there a treatment for the novel coronavirus?
      There is no specific treatment for disease caused by novel coronavirus. However, many of the symptoms caused by this virus can be treated and therefore treatment should be based on the symptoms of the patient. Moreover, supportive care for infected persons can be highly effective.

       

      What can I do to protect myself?
      Exactly how people become infected with this virus is not known at this time. However, some general measures that would be prudent and help prevent the acquisition of any respiratory illness are to avoid close contact, when possible, with anyone who shows symptoms of illness (coughing and sneezing), and to maintain good hand hygiene.

       

      How many people have been infected by the novel coronavirus?
      WHO is closely monitoring the situation and regularly publishes information about the disease. For more go to http://www.who.int/csr/disease/coronavirus_infections/en/

       

      How widespread is the novel coronavirus?

      It is unknown how widespread this virus may be. WHO is encouraging Member States to continue to closely monitor for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any unusual patterns of SARI or pneumonia. WHO will continue to share information as it is made available.

       

      Are health workers at risk from the novel coronavirus?
      Health care workers come into contact with patients with many different infectious illnesses more often than the general public. Therefore WHO recommends that health care workers consistently apply appropriate infection prevention and control measures.

       

      Is the novel coronavirus like SARS?

      SARS is a coronavirus that was identified in 2003 and belongs to the same large family of viruses as the novel coronavirus. Therefore, SARS and the novel coronavirus are distantly related. Both viruses are capable of causing severe disease. However, they have important differences based on current information. Most importantly, the novel coronavirus does not appear to transmit easily between people while the SARS virus was much more transmissible.

       

      Is it true that this novel coronavirus originated from bats?
      This is one possibility but the origin of the virus has not yet been established.

       

      Can humans become infected with novel coronavirus from animals? If so, which ones should we be concerned about?
      There is currently no direct evidence that the human cases were exposed through direct contact with animals.

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