Sunday, January 26, 2020

SARS, MERS and the CORONA Virus Alarms the World

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Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause infections ranging from the common cold to SARS.

China is now battling the deadly Corona Virus now. The said virus is being assumed to be 10x deadly than the previous two. But maybe because there were under-reporting when the SARS. People with Corona Virus are collapsing at various places in Wuhan, China.

It is said that most people will become infected with at least one coronavirus in their life. It is also said that the mutating abilities of the coronavirus are what make it so contagious. To prevent transmission, be sure to stay at home and rest while experiencing symptoms and avoid close contact with other people.

However, we still will have not identified how the virus spreads or infects people,  Will surgical masks be of use to contain the current coronavirus outbreak?

Is it true that the Coronavirus is spread through the EYES making surgical masks useless? I've read somewhere that a Dr. Wang, was who is said to have been a leading  figure in the fight against SARS virus that gripped China in 2003, has declared it. But this could be fake news since I see most people wearing masks.

The Novel corona is not fiction or creative non-fiction. It is real and deadly.

The public is informed of a new virus-the Corona Virus (nCov). The first cases reported were linked to a seafood and live animal market in Wuhan City, Hubei Province China with the first case confirmed on the 7th January 2020 in Wuhan City. 282 laboratory confirmed cases of corona virus were reported in four countries; China (278 cases), Thailand (2 cases), Japan (1 case) and the Republic of Korea (1 case) with 6 deaths reported to WHO since reporting of the first case.

Coronaviruses are mostly transmitted from animal to person (zoonotic). However, the new strain of coronavirus can pass from person to person. Some of the signs and symptoms of coronavirus infection may include respiratory symptoms like fever, cough and breathing difficulties.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness advises on the following, which include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices:

• Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
• When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands;
• Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough;
• If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider

Anyone travelling to areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, are advised not to visit live markets, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals.

The Ministry is intensifying preparedness measures including surveillance, alertness at the districts and ports of entry and continues to monitor the situation in close consultation with World Health Organization (WHO) and will keep the public updated.

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