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What is this new hantavirus? Is there anything to worry about? Will it be a pandemic after ongoing coronavirus?


The Chinese state media reported that a man was died due to Hantavirus. This morning, Hantavirus became one of the peak trends on twitter. It is not a novel virus, and it’s been poisoning people for decades.

The reports from China have spread panic all over the world that too, at the time when the world is already battling with Coronavirus. Coronavirus is a new virus that emerged from China and has killed over 16,000 people (and counting) all over the world.

The Hantavirus first emerged in the 1970s in the America-Korean war in Korea. It was named after the Hanta river in Korea.

How does the Hantavirus spread?

It spread from rats or mice if humans ingest their body fluids. Any man, woman, or child who is around mice or rats that carry harmful hantaviruses can get HPS (Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome). They get the virus inside their bodies while breathing.

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Human-human transmission is hardly possible in this. It is an old virus, so there are vaccines available for it. Please do not panic, unless of course, you plan to eat rats!

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What are the symptoms of Hantavirus?

People suffering from HPS will feel sick for one to five weeks after they were around mice or rats that transmitted a Hantavirus.

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There are stepwise indications people will found in themselves if they have HPS.

Initially, they will suffer from fever, terrible muscle aches, and fatigue. After a few days, they will have a tough time breathing. Sometimes people will have headaches, dizziness, cold, nauseous-ness, diarrhea, and abdomen pain. Usually, people do not have a runny nose, sore throat, or rashes.

Therefore, there is nothing to worry about Hantavirus. But, you surely should take precautions about coronavirus and stay at home. Stay safe. Keep people around you safe.

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