Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) is also known to people as the coronavirus. Coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through air or direct contact. The droplets are spread through coughing or sneezing, and when someone else breathes it in, that person can become infected. Transmission through direct contact is through sneezing or coughing into the hands, touching the face and giving a hand or touching the other person.
People infected with Covid-19 exhibit symptoms such as:
- Cold symptoms – Runny nose, sneezing, sore throat and rhinitis
- Elevation or fever
- Sudden loss of taste
- Sudden loss of smell – Without nasal congestion
Difference between SARS and Covid-19
The SARS virus had been known longer than its younger sister Covid-19, with the first cases found in China in 2002. Both viruses are RNA viruses that mutate very rapidly. SARS stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and manifests itself in extreme cases in the form of life-threatening pneumonia. Before the SARS virus, two other coronaviruses, the 229E and OC43, were known to be humane for much longer. When SARS-CoV roamed in 2003, it did not appear to fit into any of the defined, known groups. As a result, SARS was named SARS-CoV and its sister Covid-19 was named SARS-CoV2. So is there really a big difference between SARS and Covid-19? According to doctors, the symptoms are barely distinguishable. The only way to differentiate is to test at the molecular level.