The outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the novel virus, coronavirus, was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese health officials have reported a huge number of these infections with 2019- nCoV in China.
The virus reportedly spreads from person-to-person in parts of the country with most of them associated with travel from Wuhan.
Countries Affected By The Virus
The growing numbers of international communities infected with corona virus are :
- Hong Kong
- Macau, Taiwan
- Hong Kong,
- Sri Lanka
- United States
- The Republic of Korea
- United Kingdom
Much is unknown about this virus except for recent cases. Coronaviruses are closely linked viruses that are common in different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Una wey dey chop all these kind animals abeg hold off for a while o!!!
Very rarely, animal coronaviruses affect people such as with Middle east respiratory syndrome (MER) and Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) – both are viral respiratory sickness that is new to humans associated coronavirus, which was first reported in Asia in February 2003 and now with 2019-nCoV.
How Is Coronavirus Transmitted ?
Person-to-person spread is thought to occur mainly via respiratory drips produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. These drips can fall in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It’s currently not clear if a person can get 2019-nCoV by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
It’s important to note however that how easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. There is much more to learn about this virus.
Recent Updates On The Numbers Of Infected People
Also, recent news on twitter and facebook saying cocaine is the cure for coronavirus have been confirmed to be untrue. The infected number of patients worldwide has increased from 65000 to 76000.
Further unfortunately, death cases have increased from 1700 to 2100 people. It should be noted that there are about 349 new cases as of now according to CNN. In addition, coronavirus deaths recorded outside China have also increased to 8. But China has the highest number of infected patients with more than 60%.
This major outbreak has affected trade in many countries even in Nigeria because the largest percentage of our imports are from china. Hopefully this outbreak will be over with the massive attention gotten from the world health organisation, the centers for disease control and prevention CDC is also helping out.
In Nigeria news reports has it that 15 died from an unknown virus in Benue state. This virus wasn’t Ebola, Lassa fever or coronavirus. Yet, there’s a million and one reasons to take precautions because it is a global virus which can spread fast like wildfire.
Symptoms Of The Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
It should be noted that the symptom could appear between two to fourteen days of exposure. However, these are the major symptoms:
- Shortness of breath.
P.S when you notice these symptoms please see a doctor to be sure of the ailment ejo o!!!!
There is currently no cure for coronavirus (2019-nCoV), so, the best way to prevent it, is to avoid exposure.
Recommended Prevention Tips For Coronavirus
1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick even if it’s your boyfriend or girlfriend.
2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands even if it’s Valentine’s Day.
3. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
5. Stay home when you are sick, but no let them sack you for work o!!!
6. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom – before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
7. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
P.S: If you have symptoms of coronavirus, use a face-mask. That way you protect others from getting infected.
Update On The Cure
The recent speculations by the research scientist who have gotten medical ethical approval for chloroquine phosphate as a major ingredient for curing drugs called CAStem. Hopefully the ongoing observation and evaluation process of the drug will be successful. This might just be the cure for the coronavirus .
You and I have a role to play .
Personally, I believe we can prevent this coronavirus in Nigeria if we take these precautions. We conquered the Ebola epidemic so this coronavirus na yarns!!! Prevention di na koko. We are Africans!!!! Africans, awu!!!!