How deadly is the Coronavirus?

Corona Virus

Coronavirus cause different diseases to humans ranging from common cold, middle east respiratory syndrome and severe acute respiratory syndrome. A novel coronavirus is not previously identified in humans. Coronaviruses are zoonotic which means they are transmitted between humans and animals. Studies have shown that several coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected people. SARS-CoV gets transmitted from cats to humans while MERS-CoA from camels to humans.

Common respiratory signs include fever, shortness of breath, cough and breathing difficulties. In most cases, infections cause kidney failure, pneumonia, and severe acute respiratory syndrome and likely even deaths.

Preventive measures include covering mouth and nose when sneezing and coughing, regular hand washing, and cooking thoroughly eggs and chicken. Avoid close contact with those suffering from an infection.

The first novel coronavirus was reported on 31 December 2019. The World Health Organization is currently working with governments and global experts to expand the knowledge on this virus, to track the virus and inspect the virulence. Provide assistance to prevent the spread of the virus.

How deadly is the virus?

Experts say that it is not as severe as the SARS virus that spread across the globe between 2002-2003. MERS, on the other hand, did not spread but was more deadly killing one-third of the people whom it affected.

Where are the cases reported?

Most cases are reported in China – Hubei Province.

The virus has spread to Asian countries like North America, the Middle East, Europe, and Australia. Deaths have occurred in Hong Kong and the Philippines.

What can prevent corona virus from spreading?

Scientists are working on the vaccine but it is highly unlikely that the vaccine will be available before 2021.

Wuhan, the Chinese city is sealed off for public transit. This has affected nearly 56 million people.

Many airlines canceled flights to China, and Chinese people are banned from entering countries and countries have evacuated their nationals from Wuhan.

Where did coronavirus originate from?

The scientists have found that the virus originated from the Wuhan seafood market. It was also traded illegally. The WHO report also states that the animal source is the primary source of the outbreak.

On February 2nd, officials said the virus had 96% similarity with bat borne coronavirus. Chinese scientists previously mentioned that the source of the virus may be snakes.

Is it a global emergency?

WHO said that the state of an outbreak of the virus might call for a global emergency.

Since 2005 there have been 5 major emergencies.

  • 2009 – Swine Flu
  • 2014 – Polio
  • 2014 – ebola
  • 2016 – Zika
  • 2019 – ebola

All the countries were asked to follow the United Nations Organization’s guidelines after this emergency. The first decision to alarm global countries was done after human to human transmission was confirmed in China.

2019 nCoV outbreak December 31 2019, Symptoms :

  • No known incubation period.
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Impaired kidney and liver functions
  • Fever
  • Severe cough
  • Kidney failure
  • Pneumonia

The coronavirus is spreading at a faster rate across the globe.

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