New Delhi: After reports surfaced on Tuesday that a man died in China of Hantavirus, people across the world who are already freaking over coronavirus, went into a full-blown panic mode. Also Read - Hantavirus Early Symptoms, Signs to Get Alert: This is How You Can Take Precautions And Prevent Yourself From Deadly Virus
However, there is no need to worry, because unlike the novel coronavirus, hantavirus is not airborne and chances of you getting infected with it, are pretty slim. Also, hantavirus is not a new virus as it has been around for several years now. Also Read - Hantavirus vs Coronavirus: Which One is More Deadly?
As per the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hantavirus is a family of viruses which spread mainly by rodents and human beings can only get infected if they come in contact with rodent urine, feces or saliva. Also Read - Hantavirus in India: Know Symptoms, Signs, Incubation Period And All Things Important About the Deadly Virus
But of course, one should be aware of the ways how to protect oneself from it. And as they say, prevention is better than cure.
1. Well, if you have rats running around your house, get rid of them as soon as possible. According to the CDC, hantavirus infections can be prevented by mainly controlling the rodent population.
2. It is suggested to seal up holes and gaps, if any, in your home or garage and place traps in and around your home to decrease rodent infestation.
3. Contact with rodent urine, droppings, saliva, and nesting materials should be avoided when cleaning rodent-infested areas and one must be equipped with protective masks/ gloves, while doing so. Also, use pest control.
As of now, there is no cure for the virus but due to the early onset of symptoms, the patient can recover easily. There is no specific treatment other than medical care and ICU, where oxygen therapy can help with respiratory distress.
“However, we do know that if infected individuals are recognised early and receive medical care in an intensive care unit, they may do better. In intensive care, patients are intubated and given oxygen therapy to help them through the period of severe respiratory distress,” CDC said.