Updated: Jan 26
Is it something to be panicked about or is it something to be concerned of? Let's know some facts from the different studies, news, and statements gathered online.
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds that include diarrhea in cows and pigs, and upper respiratory disease in chickens. In humans, the virus causes respiratory infections, which are often mild, but in rare cases are potentially lethal. There are no vaccines or antiviral drugs that are approved for prevention or treatment.
It has been said that the outbreak of Wuhan coronavirus started in China wet markets sometime in December 2019 and has reported to have infected almost 900 and have killed around 26 people in the said city all through the beginning of the year 2020. businessinsider.com
The disease has now been detected in Australia, Malaysia, Nepal, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, France and the United States. nytimes.com
According to studies, the most common symptoms are as follows;
general feeling of being unwell
Symptoms in severe cases include pneumonia, kidney failure and even death, according to the World Health Organization.
Human coronaviruses can sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. This is more common in people with cardiopulmonary disease, people with weakened immune systems, infants, and older adults. cdc.gov
Diagnosis and analysis
Nearly 75% of those who are infected were people over the age of 40 and that cases who died. Many had significant underlying conditions like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. But there were also cases of infection in otherwise healthy and young individuals. World Health Organization.
Chinese authorities have confirmed that there is human-to-human transmission. However, it is not yet established whether it is sustained, which would make the outbreak more difficult to control. chatham.house
Based on current evidence, Wuhan novel coronavirus presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild. Those who have died in Wuhan appear to have had pre-existing health conditions. gov.uk
In UK, there are leaflets distributed to passengers encouraging them to report if they had been ill. Flights from Wuhan, China are directed to land in an isolated area as a preventive measure. Healthcare professionals who are contacted by a patient with symptoms following travel to Wuhan have been advised to submit samples to PHE for testing. Individuals should be treated in isolation. gov.uk
In some other countries like Thailand, the government have issued a list of preventive measures to address specific concerns on meal preparation, aircraft disinfection, employees and ground personnel precautionary measures, in-flight service measures, including cargo and commercial mail transportation and have imposed a strict compliance over these matters. Employees are directed to wear protective mask and gloves and be attentive to passenger symptoms while on board. kaohoon.com
The Wuhan novel coronavirus is the latest virus outbreak that is not to be panicked about but to be concerned of. It is always better to take the precautionary measures like avoiding crowded places, wearing protective mask, eating food that are in the open while the virus continues to spread and there is a high risk of infection. Other than these, eating clean and healthy food, good diet, proper sleep, and personal hygiene is more important to boost the immune system.