(Updated on 22/02/2020)
The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that COVID-19 is 20 times deadlier than the Flu as it has a fatality rate of 2.3% compared to the Flu’s fatality rate-0.1%. According to a report, there are now totally of 77,000+ confirmed cases with the death toll crossing 2,300+ worldwide, and almost 21,000 cases are reported as recovered from the Coronavirus-infection. CDC has positively IDed 35 new COVID-19 cases in the US.
Coronavirus (CoV) Outbreak in China and its fear of contamination around the world has made the global tensions to reach its tipping point.
Never before were the tensions as high as it is now as most countries are taking drastic measures to avoid the infection of coronavirus in their respective territories.
According to the TOI reports, there are now 70,000+ documented cases, and more than 1700 people died of this monstrous infection, the count is rising rapidly with every passing day.
96% of the cases are centered in China and the remaining 4% has been found in Japan, Singapore, the US, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau, Australia, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, France, Canada, Vietnam, Nepal, Cambodia, Germany, India, the Philippines, UAE, Finland, and Sri Lanka. A 44-year-old man died of the coronavirus infection in the Philippines on 2nd February and this is the 1st ever coronavirus-infection related death reported outside China.
According to CNN, Singapore, and Japan have recorded the highest outbreaks next to China with more than 400 Covid-19 infection cases since the quarantined Diamond Prince cruise ship docked in the port of Japan.
The Chinese officials reported on Friday that the rate of positive cases of Coronavirus infection has multiplied more than ten-fold within a week. They also added that they had recorded the highest death toll in 24 hr-period.
What are the measures taken by the countries to avoid Coronavirus Outbreaks…
Most of the countries have taken desperate measures to avoid the outbreak on their land. The city-state Singapore has announced that it will stop entries from China. The officials said that Singapore would halt issuing visas to people holding Chinese passports and cancel the entry to the foreigners who had visited China in the last 14 days.
With 135 cases confirmed positive among the 3,700 passengers and crew, the Diamond Princess cruise ship is quarantined in Japan’s port of Yokohama.
Mongolia has announced that it too will deny entry to visitors from China and close its borders temporarily due to an escalation of restrictions on China travel by the Southeast Asian Transportation Hub.
The US department of state has informed its citizens to temporarily avoid travel to China by setting its health hazard level to 4 (or) code red.
Australia is planning to quarantine its returning citizens from China for intense caring on Christmas island which is 2,000 km from the mainland.
Turkey, UK, Vietnam, UAE, Germany have halted their air-traffic to China. A cruise ship that was holding 7,000 passengers was grounded in an Italian port as one of the passengers was suspected of coronavirus infection.
70,000+ documented cases, & death toll surpassing 1700 in Wuhan, China, and 100 infection cases in 24 different countries have escalated the tensions around the world, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared ‘Global Health Emergency’ after an emergency meeting in Geneva.
Where did the Coronavirus Outbreak begin?
The 1st case of infection was documented at a market that sold live sea creatures, poultry and wild animals in Wuhan, China.
The entire market was later shut down and disinfected. Wuhan city which is home to 11 million residents is now on a quarantined lockdown since the outbreak began.
As the Coronavirus outbreak is increasing at a rapid scale, China has built 2 massive hospitals that can house 1000+ beds each in just 10-12 days exclusively to treat the infection. The hospitals’ constructions were finished by 3rd and 5th respectively.
What is Coronavirus?
This virus is named due to the spikes that extend from their membranes which kind of resembles the Sun’s Corona. These viruses can infect animals as well as humans. They mainly target and affect the respiratory tract.
How deadly is it?
As of the current situation, no drug has been proven 100% effective. Although an antiviral medication called ‘Remdesivir’ appears to be effective in animals, it has to undergo many tests before administering it on the infected humans.
The Chinese officials said that they are experimenting with another HIV drug to fight the infection. Scientists across the world are trying hard to develop an effective drug.
Dr. Williams Schaffner, a professor of preventive medicine and infectious disease at Vanderbilt University Medical Science said, “when we get a new infectious disease, we learn about the most severe cases first, the top of the pyramid as it were.”
He also said that as the investigation goes on: we often learn there are less severely infected people and even people who are infected but don’t get sick at all…
According to the latest report, doctors in Thailand were successful in treating the infection with a cocktail of anti-HIV drugs and flu drugs. The test results were shown negative after 48 hours of the drugs’ administration. It brings the hope of finding a cure sooner.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus infection?
The incubation period of coronavirus is 14 days. The infected will have a fever, severe cough, difficulty in breathing. The infection causes pneumonia and lung disease. Some cases resembled the flu (or) a bad cold which made detection even more difficult.
The Chinese officials reported in an interview that they are seeing cases that did not meet the usual criteria. These patients bore symptoms related to gastrointestinal, including Diarrhea.
How to treat the affected?
According to Dr. Vaishampayan, supportive caring is crucial. Make sure the patient gets enough Oxygen if required artificially to push air into the lungs.
The patients should drink a lot of fluid and rest while the immune system takes care of the rest and heals itself.
What should I do to protect myself from the Coronavirus?
> Reduce exposure around the infected.
> Wash hands using hand-sanitizer.
> Use the N95 Respirator mask to protect yourself.
> Maintain basic respiratory hygiene at all times.
> Avoid outside meat consumption.
> Avoid coughing and sneezing around the people as it might expose them to direct contact.
> Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth frequently.
> Visit the doctor immediately if you sense any symptom of the infection.