Is it the flu or Coronavirus?

  • PublishedJanuary 29, 2020

Kenyans are a worrisome lot following the news of a student quanratined at KNH, with a suspected case of the coronavirus. The person in question was onboard a flight from China’s Guangzhou, and is alleged to have been from to Wuhan. Wuhan is the epicenter of the virus, and currently pictures online display its streets deserted as people try to stay out of the virus’ way.

Many not only question why KQ authorities still allow flights from China but why the also didn’t quarantine all the passengers on board with the ‘infected’ student. While we await further word from the government on the matter let us look at the symptoms you should look out for.

Run through of the virus

Coronaviruses are a big family of viruses that cause illness scoping from the common cold to more serious diseases like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

What we’re dealing with is a novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not before been seen in humans. So far 5500 people are infected with 131 lives lost. It is manageable if acted upon fast. 107 previously infected people have been reported free from it.


The virus manifests in flu like symptoms, these are: a runny nose, cough, sore throat and high temperature. You therefore won’t know if you have the virus. The incubation period is 2-5 days. A lot of people suspect it is spread by pets like cats, dogs or birds since they can all have it but don’t harm them, this strain has only been so far seen in humans.

Preventative measures

To curb its spread you are advised to maintain high hygiene standards. Wash your hands and cover your nose and mouth while sneezing. Importantly, avoid contact with people with flu like symptoms especially if you know they have been travelling.

Next step to take

If you are suspected to be a carrier you will have to be incubated till further notice. Doctors will order some lab tests on your respiratory fluids and blood to determine if you have the virus. If you see anyone with the symptoms it is best to reported to prevent its further spread.

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