Is Hantavirus The New Coronavirus?

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What is the world nowadays? Coronavirus? No, it is stress, panic, anxiety, depression or whatever you want to name it. Thank you to the virus which we can’t even see.

By far, coronavirus has taken thousands of lives all over the world but guess what can take more? The stress and panic. People have been in such a stress that they’re falling in a deep depression.
If we realise, our irresponsibility and non-seriousness has taken many more lives than the actual disease. But, let me tell you what’s new in town. Hantavirus.

The Difference Between Hantavirus And Coronavirus

  1. Coronavirus
    COVID-19 or coronavirus is something this world has never encountered before. It is something which is known to be similar to pneumonia and affects our lungs. In some very serious cases, it might also lead to death. The fatality rate of this disease is only 2% whereas 98% of the people successfully recover.
  2. Hantavirus
    Hantavirus is a virus that is found in, saliva, or the faeces of infected mice, rats or rodents. It causes a rare but serious lung disease called Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). The virus does not remain active for a long period in the air, it needs a host to survive. It dies in direct sunlight but is contagious.
  3. Is Hantavirus Something New?

    No, it isn’t new as the first identified case was recorded in Canada back in 1994.

It Is More Deadlier Than Coronavirus?

Hantavirus is not something new or deadlier than coronavirus. So, we don’t have to worry or panic as there are many reports about a man who died back in China due to this. This disease is spread through rats/rodents and if you manage to keep your area clean, it won’t affect you.

Symptoms Of Coronavirus And Hantavirus

Coronavirus

The most common symptoms of Covid-19 are:

  • Fever
  • Tiredness
  • Dry cough

Some patients may also experience:

  • Runny Nose
  • Sore Throat
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Aches and Pains
  • Diarrhoea

Hantavirus

The disease begins as a flu-like illness and in the initial stages, a person might experience:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle Aches
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Gastrointestinal Problems

If this disease progresses rapidly, the following symptoms can also occur:

  • Excessive fall in blood pressure
  • Lungs filled with fluid
  • Severe respiratory failure

How To Keep Ourselves Safe?

The best way to understand the situation and our safety is to Stay Home and Stay Safe. As much as you practice social distancing, you are safer. Practice staying at home, washing your hands frequently and use steam to get rid of any germs around you. Let’s be responsible as a nation and keep ourselves and our loved ones safe!

If you are experiencing any symptoms or are unable to find or contact doctors in OPDs, use this helpline 03111222398 to book your session and to talk to a doctor online.

Let’s fight this together.

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Javeria Adil Chughtai

Javeria Adil Chughtai

A journalist and a medical researcher by profession, badminton player and photographer by passion. You can call me an artist but No, I can't draw you! 😀

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