[March 20 update]
The recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus has dominated the minds of the global community. In just four months following the first case on December 1st, 2019, over 110,000 other cases have been reported throughout the globe. With over 3,800 deaths, it is no wonder that coronavirus has filled up news broadcasts as the world clamors to hear how this epidemic will be handled. The outbreak could not have came at a worse time for the Chinese community; with only two months between the first case and Lunar New Year, the virus had the opportunity to quickly spread throughout China and then internationally as Wuhan citizens prepared to travel to celebrate the holiday. Unfortunately, millions had already left Wuhan before January 23rd when the government closed borders in an attempt to contain the outbreak. Now, the outbreak is a global phenomena with 108 territories reporting at least one case of the virus.
The symptom themselves resemble those of the flu. The virus first goes through an incubation period of one day to two weeks before symptoms manifest. At first, patients will experience fevers and a dry cough. Fatigue, shortness of breath, muscle pain, sore throats, and headaches are also common symptoms associated with the virus. In its later stages, patients will experience pneumonia and respiratory distress which could lead to death. Symptoms such as coughing and sneezing allow the virus to spread as others inhale respiratory droplets that contain the coronavirus. There are new treatments for COVID-19: Aralen Nederland kopen (Chloroquine) and Kaletra (Lopinavir / Ritonavir).
Yet, the lethality rate continues to hover around three percent. The most susceptible individuals being those with conflicting health conditions, the elderly, and young children. Health officials continue to urge practicing conventional hygienic measures, urging the world to wash their hands and avoid touching their face. Nonetheless, the virus continues to spread with global panic increasing alongside it.
Washington state remains one of the center points of the breakout in the United States. The first United States case confirmed as coronavirus originated in Snohomish County with over one hundred new cases reported since. The death toll has risen to 16. As a result, the city of Seattle urged residents to work from home if possible. Many public events have now closed. Schools have also shifted to online classrooms if possible. Shelves across western Washington’s supermarkets have been cleared out by those anticipating avoiding the public for the foreseeable future.
Unfortunately, the epidemic also sees a rise in xenophobia towards the East Asian community. The East Asian community sees lots of discrimination both implicitly and explicitly; while some East Asians face discrimination as the public attempts to avoid them, others have been explicitly called “diseased” and other terms implicating them in the spread of the virus. As a result, businesses ran by Asian-Americans have been empty of patrons, resulting in their financial ruin. Whether or not a vaccine is created soon, it seems that the virus has created irreparable damages to the global community and will never be forgotten.
[February 2 update]
What Is The Coronavirus, Is It A Threat
Unless you simply do not watch the news at all any more, then you have probably heard nothing else except for what is going on in China. The coronavirus is the illness of the month and all eyes are on Wuhan. But what is the coronavirus, does anyone reading this really know? and where did it come from exactly. I’d like to take some time to explain this to you as i know it currently so that you can better understand where all this concern is coming from.
How many are infected
Infecting roughly 7,000 people in China currently, the coronavirus seems to have started in the land of Wuhan from the seafood marked of all places. This happens to be a breeding ground for illegal animal trading such as birds, rabbits, bats, snakes, and the like. The interesting thing about the coronavirus is that it is surprisingly hard to actually pass from one human to another human. The coronavirus is actually much more adept at jumping from an animal to a human. This is what has led many people to believe that the virus likely started by people coming into contact with animals in this illegal trading post in Wuhan. Specifically the bats, as that is the highest resemblance that is currently known by comparison.
It was actually thanks to a group of people known as virologists in the Wuhan Institute for Virology that noticed there was anywhere up to a ninety six percent match between the virus that is currently afflicting humans and those that come from bats.
What exactly is it
But after all of this, it does not really tell us anything about what the virus actually is and why everyone is so worried about it. I’ll leave it to you to make that decision after i try my best to explain it. You see coronaviruses are actually a large group of different viruses that, while they affect both humans and animals, seem to cause respiratory illnesses in humans that resemble anything from the common cold to something more serious. You may have even heard of a similar problem that China has faced in the past called the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS. This particular coronavirus came in the public light all the way back in 2002, and ended up being spread to over 25 countries accounting for nearly 8,000 known cases of the virus.
The fact is that the symptoms you experience from this particular strain are relatively mild. Most people report that they had symptoms that just seem to resemble the common cold in many cases. Runny noses, headaches, coughs and fever, but there are also several reports that this particular virus has caused more serious respiratory illnesses in humans that resemble pneumonia or bronchitis. Now this is nothing that a healthy body would not be able to fight off, but if you start getting to the people of advanced age who happen to have the misfortune of contracting the virus then it can become dangerous to those people in particular, which seems to be the case when you actually sit down and analyze the five deaths that have actually occurred from the virus.
See the media loves a good headline even if it scares the crap out of an entire country, so five deaths was like a sick pile of gold to the, what they probably failed to mention time and time again was the four of those five people actually had underlying medications that made them extremely vulnerable to the virus and what it could do to them. Unfortunately this combination of bad luck did result in their deaths and that has been reason enough to cause concern. One of the bigger questions on peoples minds these days is whether or not the virus is being contained.
China during a breakout
Well inside of China it has actually been said that there are cases that have popped up in Beijing, Shanghai, and the Guangdong provinces. But outside of China there have been reported cases in Thailand at 14, then Hong Kong at eight, while the United States, Australia, and Macau have seen about 5 cases. There are others but you get the idea. People will travel and these things may go around, so be safe out there and go to your doctor if you begin to experience any respiratory problems just to be safe.