What is COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals. In rare cases, they are what scientists call zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What are the Corona Virus symptoms?
The viruses can make people sick, usually with a mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness, similar to a common cold. Coronavirus symptoms include a runny nose, cough, sore throat, possibly a headache and maybe a fever, which can last for a couple of days.
For those with a weakened immune system, the elderly and the very young, there's a chance the virus could cause a lower, and much more serious, respiratory tract illness like a pneumonia or bronchitis.
How it spreads?
Viruses can spread from human contact with animals. Scientists think MERS started in camels, according to the WHO. With SARS, scientists suspected civet cats were to blame. Officials do not yet know what animal may have caused the current outbreak in Wuhan.
When it comes to human-to-human transmission of the viruses, often it happens when someone comes into contact with an infected person's secretions, such as droplets in a cough.
Depending on how virulent the virus is, a cough, sneeze or handshake could cause exposure. The virus can also be transmitted by touching something an infected person has touched and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes. Caregivers can sometimes be exposed by handling a patient's waste, according to the CDC.
Human-to-human transmission has been confirmed for the Wuhan coronavirus, but experts are now trying to understand who is transmitting it most, who is at most risk and whether transmission is occurring mostly in hospitals or in the community. SARS and MERS were largely transmitted inside hospitals, Horby said. Some people are also considered to be "superspreaders."
How can you can prevent it?
There is no vaccine to protect against this family of viruses, at least not yet. Trials for a MERS vaccine are underway. The US National Institutes of Health is working on a vaccine against the new virus, but it will be months until clinical trials get underway and more than a year until it might become available.
You may be able to reduce your risk of infection by avoiding people who are sick. Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Wash your hands often with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds.
Awareness is key. If you are sick and have reason to believe it may be the Wuhan coronavirus due to travel to the region or coming into contact with someone who has been there, you should let a health care provider know and seek treatment early.
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and disinfect the objects and surfaces you touch.
DUTHERMX vs. COVID-19
What is DUTHERMX?
DuTHERMX IS A FULLY INTEGRATED BODY TEMPERATURE CAMERA SOLUTION. The contact-free, high-capacity system detects elevated body temperatures.It is also a continuous flow system, which alleviates the need for manual screening and any bottle necks created by stopping people that often requires two or more personnel at any building entry point.
How does DuTHERMX work?
The DuThermX system uses advanced thermal camera technology and can be integrated with existing security systems. Easily, quickly, unobtrusively, DuThermX detects body temperatures within +/- 0.54 degrees Fahrenheit for 16 – 40 people simultaneously, depending on the configuration of a facility’s entry point. With a response time of 30 milliseconds, the hard-wired set-up delivers a constant, secure, and reliable data feed. When a person passes through an entry point with an elevated temperature, an alarm alerts designated personnel. The multi notification alarm system includes audible, visual, email, SMS text, onscreen and network video capture.
DuThermX provides a new, automated body-temperature measurement solution that works while streamlining movement of people with ease at entry points. DuThermX, an unobtrusive entry body temperature measurement system helps reduce the anxiety and stresses that go along with today’s flow of people at points of entry while enhancing the safety of employees and visitors – all the while freeing up personnel to focus on other important aspects of safety and security.” It is also the highest functioning automated temperature scanning and security solution available.
“DuThermX promises to help return America to work with confidence, where the new normal can look and feel as much like the old normal as possible,”
- Nick Dubak, Chief Operating Officer of Dubak Electrical Group