5 Interesting Facts About Coronavirus that Will Surprise You


Coronavirus has created havoc in the world. From the time people identified this deadly disease in Wuhan, China, its rampage has not stopped. It is spreading widely across the globe, causing so many deaths besides making people seriously ill. Many people are praying for a vaccine that will help in coronavirus treatment.

SARS-CoV-2 or novel coronavirus are the other names of this respiratory disease. Countless pharma companies are working hard to develop a vaccine. Some of these vaccines are in the third phase of testing. Because of so much information that is available online, so many people still do not understand what this disease could do.

Here are seven interesting facts about this deadly disease that you may not know:

Strongly Binds to Human Cells
Severe acute respiratory syndrome, also known as 'SARS,' is a disease that spread in the year 2003. Its origins were in Asia but, it quickly spread out throughout the world. Around 700 people died after infecting it.

The virus that is causing coronavirus now is similar to the one that did cause SARS-CoV. But COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2 is more dangerous as it can bind itself to human cells by 10 to 20 times. Now, this is the main reason why people need to be a lot more careful. Taking enough precautions can keep the virus away from you.

Babies Can Become Seriously Sick
Children do not seem to contract this disease like adults. However, children under age one can become seriously ill if they contract this virus. Some children are also getting affected by MIS or multisystem inflammatory syndrome during or post-coronavirus. This syndrome is almost like Kawasaki disease and can cause coronary arteries to enlarge. Hence, getting timely medical attention is crucial.

Loss of Smell
Shortness of breath, fever, and cough are some of the most common symptoms that are related to COVID-19. However, it is interesting to note that there are a few other unusual symptoms that people are experiencing. Loss of taste and smell are a few other symptoms that you may experience. Around 30% of people that were COVID-19 positive noticed that they had a loss of smell.

Similarly, around two patients out of 3 in Germany that were tested positive had a loss of smell. Hence, if you are experiencing similar symptoms, don't hesitate to contact the doctor.

Virus Can Live for Days On Certain Surfaces
The time the virus survives depends on the surface it is on. For example, it can live for 5 to 4 days on metal and wood surfaces and upto three days on plastic and stainless steel. Hence, one watch out for where they are placing their hands when they are out. Always carry a hand sanitizer that you can use if you touch any of the surfaces.

Asymptomatic People Can Transmit the Disease
As per U.S. Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention or CDC, upto 40% of infected individuals do not experience any symptoms. While it is terrific news for some, unfortunately, the bad news is that they can become carriers of this disease without their knowledge.