Hantavirus: Should You Be Worried? Experts Say No
Hantavirus is a new kind of virus reported in China. Owing to the pandemic of Covid-19 people are wondering if this is a cause for worry too. Experts weighed in on this.
The world is literally in lockdown right now. Coronavirus pandemic has engulfed every country and created a kind of fear, panic, and hysteria among people. While China came out of the pandemic quite recently and no new case has come forward with the coronavirus, a man however recently, died in Yunnan China while travelling on a bus. Upon testing, he was tested positive for a new virus called Hantavirus. The other 32 people on the bus are currently being tested to see whether the disease has made the jump from rodents to humans. The Hantavirus does belong to a serious and deadly strain of viruses, however, the report of one death in China should not have us fearing another pandemic.
However let us get to know if at all, this new virus is anything of major concern. Here are the facts outlined by experts from Centre For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) On Hantavirus. The Center For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) says that the rare virus cannot be transmitted from one human to another, which is why It is far for becoming a global pandemic. The CDC further notes that human hantavirus infections tend to happen sporadically, and most often in rural areas with forests, fields, and farms that are appealing habitats for these rodent hosts. Check out the details below.
1. The Hantavirus Is Not Contagious:
Fortunately, the virus cannot be spread with human to human connection. which is a key trait required to become a pandemic. The virus is caused by rodents but it cannot even spread from rodents to animals. The spread can only be contracted through contact with a rat bite, urine, droppings or saliva of infected rodents and rats. There is no other known way for the virus to spread. However, it is equally important to maintain hygiene like during the current pandemic and take extra care if you live in an area that is infested with rodents.
2. Hantavirus Is Preventable And Curable:
Although it is relatively a new kind of virus that has emerged way after coronavirus, the hantavirus is controllable and curable at the same time. The world is still grappling with coronavirus because the researchers are unable to come up with a vaccine but the hantavirus vaccine is available for 20 years and able to prevent it from happening. They are adept at handling cases and already know the pattern of the disease, if required.
3. The Symptoms Are Slightly Different:
About half of all Hantavirus experience early symptoms of hantavirus include fever, headache, muscle ache, abdominal pain, dizziness, chills and abdominal problems, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. The virus moves on to symptoms including the lungs filling with fluid and shortness of breath. In addition, some Hantaviruses can cause hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome. The COVID-19 virus transmits through the respiratory system which doesn’t happen in patients of Hantavirus.
4. Doctors Know Treatment Procedures
Research has already been done on the hantavirus since its discovery and has given doctors a way to control the disease. Even though the virus has been known to be deadly and causes severe respiratory distress, patients are intubated and given oxygen treatment to ease symptoms.
Amidst the chaos and fear of coronavirus spread, people were naturally quick to press the panic button. Though according to the doctor's community and researchers, there is nothing to worry about unless you plan on eating rodents which is also very rare.