Since late 2019, COVID-19 was reported in Wuhan city of China. It is highly contagious infection which is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome corona virus (SARS-CoV-2). Recently, the worldwide spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus aka COVID-19, which is majorly responsible for mild to severe respiratory problems. This means or indicates that people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) results to have a higher risk of more drastic illness caused from COVID-19 due to their present lung problems. This SARS-CoV-2 is a newly identified pathogen which has not been yet previously seen in the humans and is highly contagious. It belongs to the same category of virus such as SARS corona virus (SARS_CoV) and influenza virus. However, the SARS-CoV-2 is a different strain of virus with having its own characteristics.Thus, the people suffering from the severe COPD may be at a higher risk of COVID-19 complications as it affects the respiratory system to a large extent. The existing lung damage means that it is more difficult for the lungs to fight off an infection. The researchers also concluded that those suffering with COPD infection may have a significantly greater risk of developing severe COVID-19 infections.
COVID-19 Spreading Mechanism Within Human Body
COVID-19 primarily spreads within human body via respiratory droplets such as the cough or sneeze. The medical teams of experts have yet to understand how easily and sustainably the COVID-19 disease can spread among human body. Based on current evidence, researchers do not think airborne spread is one of a major transmission mode for the spread of this disease. The person over the age of 60 is at the highest risk for developing a serious case of COVID-19, while children not seem to be at high risk than adults. Yet there are currently no reports issued about the case of COVID-19 or its transmission of the virus for pregnant women.
Common Symptoms Of COVID-19
The key symptoms of COVID-19 begin after two to fourteen days after exposure. The COVID-19 symptoms mainly include the tiredness, fever and dry cough. Apart from these which are included in the COVID-19 symptoms is the shortness of breath, sputum production, headache, sore throat, myalgia i.e. muscle pain or joint pain, nasal congestion, loss of smell. Most of these symptoms of COVID-19 are usually mild and nearly 80% of people who are suffering from this disease will be able to typically recover without the need of any special treatment. However 3 % of cases would require hospitalization with patients suffering from difficulty in breathing.
Preventive Measures Taken To Avoid COVID-19 by COPD
- Stay at house except for essential medical care.
- Wash hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, and particularly after being in a public place, with soap and water.
- Use sanitizer, incase if water is not available
- Un-necessary need not go out, and stay maintain social distance.
- Use N95 mask to cover your nose and mouth
- Avoid getting in touch with others wherever possible.
If you are suffering from COPD, breathing exercise can be quite effective to increase the breathing capacity of lungs. Keeping this in view we suggest you to play Power Harmonica mouth organ to improve breathing capacity of lungs.