There comes a moment in time when we have to face a challenge that we had never imagined we would have to. Today, the name of that challenge is ‘Coronavirus’. It’s a challenge that we have to face and fight together.
And, the good thing is that we don’t need any weapons to fight ‘Coronavirus’. All we need to do is manage social distancing and maintain basic hygiene.
But before we move that, let’s first quickly understand what Coronavirus is and what must you know about it?
The coronavirus or the 2019-nCoV is a complex and large family of Viruses. Its clinical name is SARS-CoV-2. It stands for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. It can cause a range of illnesses, from the common cold to more serious respiratory illness like SARS and MERS.
The first case of Coronavirus infection was reported in Wuhan, China, on 31st December, 2019. On the day, Chinese health authorities were alarmed by multiple cases of unusual pneumonia. The virus that caused the illness was not from any of the known family of viruses.
Most of the people who were reported to be ill were working at the city’s popular wholesale market for seafood. By the time chinese health authorities found out that it was a new deadly virus, the number of coronavirus infected cases had already exceeded 40.
Dec 31, 2019: China informs WHO about people taken ill with unusual pneumonia symptoms
Jan 7, 2020: Chinese officials confirm that people taken ill are infected with a new virus, 2019-nCoV,
Jan 23, 2020 (The Chinese New Year): 1200+ Medical Workers are drafted to aid Wuhan
On the same day, President Xi Ping chairs a meeting of highest priority and declares containing the pandemic as the most important task.
Mar 18, 2020: 212, 799 cases and 8,787 deaths (Worldwide)
Mar 19, 2020: 236,920 cases and 8951 deaths (Worldwide)
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The Coronavirus is now a WHO-declared pandemic which means it has reached almost all countries and most likely a coronavirus outbreak will emerge in other countries too.
Yet, the best thing that you can do is not to panic, take proper preventive measures to stay safe as well as keep others safe.
Here’s everything important that you need to know about coronavirus.
Coronavirus spreads fast and sometimes people have the virus long before they show any symptom. As per a study by the University of Texas,the time between cases is less than a week and nearly 10% of the people infected by someone display no symptoms initially.
The study goes on to state that the COVID-19 virus has all the features to trigger consecutive outbreaks of respiratory diseases once it gains a host.