The emergence of new Coronavirus strains has caused an uproar around the globe since the beginning of the year 2020. The first country to report the case of Coronavirus happens to be China.
In December of 2019, an unknown virus was believed to have caused pneumonia in a hospitalized patient in Wuhan, China. By December 31, the unknown virus was confirmed to be a novel strain of Coronavirus. Since then, the virus has claimed 132 lives, according to The New York Times, and has 5,570 confirmed cases of infection.
With a multitude of people constantly traveling from China to other countries, it comes as no surprise that health officials are displaying concern over the spread of the virus.
But does the virus has the same velocity of destructiveness as the Ebola virus, which took 11,315 lives? Have we uncovered all the details about the virus yet? What do we know about Coronavirus in China till now? And what can we do to prevent ourselves from falling victim to the disease?
Coronavirus has infected more than 100 patients in China. The central Hubei province of China is regarded as the most affected city. According to the China National Health Commission, more than 2,700 cases is reported solely from the Hubei Province.
The origin of the Corona Virus has been linked to illegal wildlife sales at the seafood market of Wuhan city. The market would sell animals like bats, rabbits, and marmots. On January 1, it was shut down for inspection. However, the inspection became futile as the virus had already spread outside of the market.
There were also rumors of Coronavirus originating from snakes; however, many leading researchers later disabused the claim.
The authorities have suspended flights and train service in the Wuhan city and placed the nearby region under de-facto quarantine.
Nevertheless, the disease has spread to Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangdong. All of the cases reported from the areas have cited the cause of spread to people movement from infected areas to non-infected ones.
There is 14 reported case of Coronavirus in Thailand while Hong Kong has eight. United States, Taiwan, Australia, and Macau have each reported five cases. Four cases have been reported from Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, and France. Japan has seven, Canada has three. And, Vietnam has two. Nepal, Cambodia, Germany and the United Arab Emirates each have one.
It should be noted that patients from Taiwan, Germany, Vietnam, and Japan had never been to China. Until now, there are no reported deaths outside of China.
The symptoms of the Coronavirus are similar to the common cold. According to the CDC, the symptoms include:
Human coronaviruses can cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses such as pneumonia or bronchitis. Such illness is more common in people with cardiopulmonary disease, people with weakened immune systems, infants, and older adults.
Most coronaviruses are transferred from one person to another in a similar fashion as cold-causing viruses. The virus is transmitted through an infected person coughing and sneezing.
The Coronavirus is also contacted when a healthy person touches an infected person's hands or face. Moreover, touching inanimate objects like doorknobs touched by infected persons also aids in transmission.