Hantavirus Is Another COVID-19 ?

People Think Hantavirus Is Another COVID-19-Like Pandemic From China, Here's What It Really Is

So, the hashtag #Hantavirus is trending on Twitter ever since a case of a man dying in China from the same, made the headlines. According to Global Times, a man passed away after contracting the virus while he was on his way back to Shandong Province on a chartered bus.

Now, the thing is that since this news contains the words 'virus' and 'China', people are under the impression that a brand-new virus has come into existence from the South Asian country and will attack the whole world like the novel pandemic COVID-19 is doing. But in reality, there's nothing to worry about.

During a fragile time like this, it is extremely important to not be ill-informed regarding matters like these. Hantavirus is not a new virus but it has been around for several years now.

Unlike the novel pandemic coronavirus, hantavirus is not airborne. It is not a communicable virus and does not get transmitted from human to human. This virus usually only infects rodents and human beings can get infected if they come in contact with rodent urine, feces or saliva.

Hanta Virus

Centre for Disease Control and Prevention's website states, 'Rodent infestation in and around the home remains the primary risk for hantavirus exposure. Even healthy individuals are at risk for HPS infection if exposed to the virus'.

Symptoms of the virus include fever, headache,  abdominal pain, dizziness, chills, muscle ache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea. People can also contract the infection if they touch their face, mouth, eyes, nose etc after coming in contact with rodent droppings or rats around the house.

Several videos on the Internet show people in China eating rats and bats - sometimes even raw - which is possibly why the news of a man dying of Hantavirus has caused fear and panic among people.

People who are well-aware of the correct facts about the virus are trying to educate those who are spreading fake news about it.

To those who are trying to spread rumor so people can panic, we already have enough fuss around the world.  #Hantavirus is not a new virus and humans may only be infected through contact with rodent urine, saliva or feaces. Chinese people only need to stop eating rats ?

In spite of having access to all sorts of information about the virus on the Internet, people are wreaking havoc on Twitter about the same and the world is aware of how bad things get when fake news comes into play.

Waking everyday to more bad news, why the coexistence of two viruses? #Hantavirus and #COVID19 still coming from same country, only China. https://twitter.com/AmonimoA/status/1242067653180764162 …

Someone said Autyvirus is Corona elder sis😂 and HantaVirus is Corona Pro...China dropping these viruses like they got an album coming
Which one is #Hantavirus again now?? It's like #COVID19 called for backup #Hantavirus

What the hell is #HantaVirus now ?? 😱 https://twitter.com/globaltimesnews/status/1242257863185063937 …

A person from Yunnan Province died while on his way back to Shandong Province for work on a chartered bus on Monday. He was tested positive for #hantavirus. Other 32 people on bus were tested.

Olayinka 🅙
Good morning. Woke up praying and hoping for a good news by the time I come online.... logged in on twitter to see another new virus #Hantavirus trending 😩😩🤦🏽 I seriously cannot can

Laolao (@itz_laolao) March 24, 2020
Kind people of the world, please use your common sense and the right way to access the Internet for valid information. Think before you tweet because your words have the potential of creating unnecessary panic during a time when panicking is the last thing we need to do.


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