The Coronavirus outbreak is now a global epidemic. Everyone, starting from everyday people like us to government officials, healthcare experts and international organizations like the Centre of Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are worried about how to check this threat.
Coronavirus – updates from around the world
- On 9th February 2020, Chinese officials declared that 908 people have died from coronavirus since the first incident was reported in Wuhan province of China in January.
- The coronavirus outbreak is now more deadly than the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) epidemic of 2003 that claimed the lives of 774 people.
- 40,614 people have tested positive for Coronavirus in China. More than 6000 of them are in critical condition.
- 21% of the affected people have passed away which means the survival rate of Coronavirus now stands at 79%. However, 3,324 people who were diagnosed have healed completely and have been discharged.
- World Health Organization has declared Coronavirus a ‘public health emergency of international concern’. This is a grave alarm and the WHO does not issue it unless there is an urgent need for international co-operation to handle the health crisis.
- Researchers fear that the virus may mutate as it travels further and may affect greater number of people.
- Coronavirus becomes severe in people with diabetes and heart conditions.
Which countries have been affected by Coronavirus?
22 countries have been affected by coronavirus. They are –
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
- The USA
- The UK
- Sri Lanka
How is India dealing with Coronavirus?
- Until now, two confirmed cases of Coronavirus have been reported in India. All two people are from Kerala. Kerala has declared a state emergency to cope with coronavirus.
- International research has revealed that India ranks 17th when it comes to the risk of importing Coronavirus.
- New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport is at most risk because it has the busiest international flight routes.
- No foreign nationals travelling from China are being allowed to enter India.
- 5123 people in India are under surveillance for any sign of coronavirus. Screening wards have come up in Delhi, Maharashtra, Manipur, Mizoram and Karnataka.
- India has evacuated 647 Indian nationals from Wuhan province that is the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.
Not much is known about how this condition is caused. It is believed that the virus originated from a wholesale meat/seafood market in China. The viruses can jump from one species to another and that is why humans have contracted the virus from animals.
What are the signs?
The signs are similar to that of the regular flu – runny nose, fever, coughing, body ache, sore throat and breathing difficulties.
The virus becomes deadly if it affects the lower respiratory system, as it can result in pneumonia.
How can you protect yourself?
In this context, it is important to learn about coronavirus precautions. Here are a few things you must do-
- Keep a distance of at least 1 metre (3 feet) between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever.
- Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth.
- Cancel your travel plans to China.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub, after using anything that others have touched like handrails in trains/buses or public toilet utilities.
- Avoid contact with animals, in case you did, immediately wash your hands with soap and water.
- Practice hygiene measures when you visit live animal markets, wet markets or animal product markets.
- Do not consume raw or undercooked animal products.
- Wear an N95 mask. Do not touch the mask once you have worn it. If you feel you have symptoms of coronavirus, then see your doctor immediately.
- Do not touch the mask once you have worn it. Also, discard it after one use and wash hands immediately.
- In case of fever, cough and difficulty in breathing, seek medical help and share previous travel history with a healthcare provider.
- Do not travel if you have fever and cough. Also, eat only cooked food when travelling.
The number of coronavirus cases is rising with every passing day. Take all the precautions mentioned above to protect yourself from the coronavirus threat.