Like many of our readers, you’re probably wondering about the spreading COVID-19. Coronavirus where is it now?
Coronavirus has now spread over 185 countries and territories.
In this article we’ll try to inform you of the essential points about the coronavirus, also knows as COVID-19.
This article was not written by a health expert. It’s not a medical recommendation or medical advice.
It’s based on the knowledge that’s been transmitted recently and that we’ve gathered in our attempt to give you our best effort in informing you about this disease. We hope it helps.
But if you are or know someone who believes he or she might be infected or in a life-threatening situation, do contact local health authorities.
You may have never heard of Coronavirus but it’s not completely new.
Coronavirus was first identified in the 1960s. Common human coronaviruses are identified as 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1.
There are also other forms:
- MERS-CoV (causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS);
- SARS-CoV (causes severe acute respiratory syndrome or SARS);
What all the world is paying attention to now is the SARS-CoV-2, most habitually referred to as Coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19.
It’s important to know how’s the situation in your area and this heatmap also allows you to know a lot more.
The University of Washington has published a COVID-19 interactive heat map.
You’ll be able to see the Coronavirus USA map, the spread Coronavirus cases in USA and other information on Coronavirus in USA. For example, see the situation of Coronavirus Orange County, Los Angeles.
COVID-19 was first identified at the end of 2019.
We’re not sure this answer has been fully replied yet or if it will ever be.
According to what studies have revealed, there seems to be no evidence that Coronavirus is man made.
Although the origins of the COVID-19 aren’t fully detailed and explained, a few key points have been revealed.
The COVID-19 is a natural evolution of previous Coronaviruses forms.
A major difference that distinguishes the COVID-19 from previous coronaviruses is that the Coronavirus 2019 (or SARS-CoV-2) resembles related viruses found in bats and pangolins.
COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan, China.
Li Wenliang, a Chinese ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, is known as the whistleblower on this disease.
On the 30th of December 2019, Li Wenliang warned his colleagues about a possible illness that was similar to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
A few days later, on the 3rd of January 2020, the police admonished him for making false claims on the Internet. He had to declare that he wouldn’t do it again or he would be prosecuted by violating the law.
On the 31st of January 2020, he put out his experience to the public, revealing the letter of admonition on social media. It quickly went viral and people didn’t understand why the authorities silenced it.
Meanwhile, Li Wenliang was working and got the disease from an infected patient. He was 33 years old when he passed away from COVID-19 on the 7th of February 2020.
As mentioned before, despite the less than complete information available, it seems that the COVID-19 is a natural evolution of the previous coronavirus.
A distinguishing factor appears to be the way this disease resembles related viruses found in bats and pangolins.
Many people are searching online for Coronavirus 2020 symptoms.
Just to be clear, Coronavirus 2020 in a way is not the best way to call it.
Here are the common identifications of this disease:
- SARS-CoV-2 (SARS means severe acute respiratory syndrome);
- Coronavirus 2019.
Some people are also calling it Wuhan Coronavirus, since it was first identified in Wuhan, China.
Accord to Wikipedia, the World Health Organization released statistics about the Coronavirus on the 5th of March 2020. Let’s take a look at the likelihood of their symptoms. For the most updated results, check out Wikipedia’s article.
Coronavirus fever is the major symptom (almost 90% of the identified cases).
The second most usual symptom of the COVID-19, just a bit shy below 70%.
Occurring less than 40% of the time, it is a lot less usual. But it still is the third most likely.
Sputum or mucus production is likely to happen in about 33% of the cases.
Occurring less than 40% of the time, it is a lot less usual. But it still is the third most likely.
Sore throat is mentioned very frequently but it seems to be a lot less common at only about 14% of times.
Other Coronavrius smyptons include the following:
- Shortness of breath (18,6%);
- Muscle pain or joint pain (14,8%);
- Headache (13,6%);
- Chills (11,4%);
- Nausea or vomiting (5,0$);
- Nasal congestion (4,8%);
- Diarrhea (3,7%);
- Haemoptysis (0,9%);
- Conjunctival congestion (0,8%).
The available data suggests that the symptoms are pretty regular so a large number of countries are facing the same as initially experienced in Wuhan (China).
The coronavirus will put you an ill state resembling other common upper respiratory issues such as the common cold.
In terms of severity, this is what it looks like:
- 81% are mild cases including patients with pneumonia or cases of mild pneumonia;
- 14% are severe cases and include shortness of breath, respiratory frequency ≥30/minute, blood oxygen saturation ≤93%, PaO2/Fi=2 ratio < 300, and /or lung infiltrates > 50% within 24-48 hours;
- 5% are critical cases with patients suffering from respiratory failure, septic shock and /or multiple organ dysfunction/failure.
The death rate is around 2,3% of the identified cases.
Let’s analyze how the Coronavirus compares to other diseases like SARS, the flu and H1N1.
In going over the Coronavirus 2019 we need to mention to sides to it.
Overall, the Coronavirus 2019 is far from the most fatal virus that humanity has known. Although that’s recomforting in a way, there’s more to it, and it’s bad.
The major downside of the Coronavirus 2019 is the combination of two key factors: it’s highly contagious and his incubation period takes a few days.
These two characteristics put together are crucial for what’s been going on.
COVID-19 is very easy to spread around and the time from exposure to showing symptoms generally takes between 2 and 14 days, with an average of 5 days.
As you can now understand, with an incubation period of around 5 days, many people weren’t aware they were infected but they were exposing other people to this disease. Add the highly contagious factor and both of them gave the coronavirus 2019 an exponential growth.
In simples terms, that’s what made this disease going from a strange new disease detected in China to turn global and reach over 185 countries in less than 3 months.
Unfortunately, yes, Coronavirus can lead to death.
Well, so far as we know, on its own, Coronavirus is very unlikely to be fatal.
Regarding most young and healthy individuals Coronavirus is not deadly. In fact, some people go through it with minor or no symptoms.
There have been cases reported where the infected person had the disease and recovered without even being aware that it was a case of Coronavirus.
The most worrying cases affect the elderly and people with chronic diseases.
As in many regards in health, the higher the age, the most vulnerable people are. The immune system is also weaker as age progresses.
But it doesn’t affect only those who have lived longer.
Many of those who deceive by COVID-19 are know to have preexisting or chronic conditions. Some of them are hypertension, diabetes, Mellitus, and cardiovascular disease.
Italy has been suffering greatly in the hands of the COVID-19. The Italian Istituto Superiore di Sanità reported that 99.8% of the fatalities had at least one preexisting condition. They concluded that out of 2.000 deaths from this disease.
It’s obvious that we all should take extreme caution to avoid being infected by the Coronavirus 2019. And also be careful and responsible not to infect others. Remember that with an average incubation period of 5 days you might be infected and exposing others to this disease without you even knowing.
Even more important than that, the main takeaway is that you must be extremely careful and have a high concern for the elderly and people with preexisting conditions.
The Coronavirus fatality rate depends on a large number of factors:
- Age of the individual;
- Possible preexisting conditions;
- Local healthcare conditions.
The infection fatality ratio (IFR) translates the mortality among infected. It’s been ranging from 0.8% to 0.9%, according to Wikipedia.
Still, it is a serious and dangerous health issue.
As you know, the disease was first detected in China and took a while to spread to other countries.
So it makes all the sense that China is the country with more deaths from Coronavirus, right? Well, not exactly.
China has a population of about 1.500 million, while Italy has a quite smaller number, around 60 million.
But China had reported 3255 deaths by the 21st of March while Italy had reported 4032.
Yes, despite Italy having a smaller area and just a fraction of the population of China, by the 21st of March Italy had lost more lives to Coronavirus.
On that same date, China is recovering and the virus is now spreading a lot slower than a few weeks. In Italy, unfortunately, the situation was very delicate.
A major detail to know about the Coronavirus is how it spreads.
The primary contamination is via respiratory droplets from coughs and sneezes.
Physical contact also plays a determinant role. Here’s how long the Coronavirus can last on a surface:
- Air: up to 3 hours;
- Copper: up to 4 hours;
- Cardboard: up to 1 day;
- Plastic: up to 3 days;
- Stainless steel: up to 3 days.
As you’d imagine, a key factor to spread it is people close together. That’s why the worse it gets the most likely is that countries adopt confinement procedures.
As of 21st of March while we’re publishing this article, no, there is no vaccine ready for the public.
Despite that, there’s an expectation that there might be one soon. Various agencies are investigating and researching in order to develop one.
But in my personal opinion, if you’re hoping for the vaccine to avoid the disease, you better not count on it.
As said before, there isn’t one yet. After one is created and properly tested, even then it has to go into production.
When it’s finally being produced it has to be properly packaged and shipped to several countries. There are many steps since it leaves the production until they would be ready to be applied. That all takes time.
And remember it’s not a vaccine for one person, it’s for millions, even if only the most vulnerable people were to take that vaccine
This would be an enormous task and in the best scenario, it will probably take several months to accomplish it after being into production.
The best way is to avoid it. The second best way is to recover from it.
Yes, it can. Over 90.000 cases have been reported to be fully recovered. You can check updated numbers at WorldMeters.
It’s the duty of us all without exception to do what’s in our reach to avoid spreading the COVID-19.
Yes, it can. Over 90.000 cases have been reported to be fully
Prevention is an important matter in what to know about Coronavirus.
A major effort in combating the CODI-19 is trying to slow down its epidemic peak by reducing the rates of new infections. That’s very important as it can play a crucial role in avoiding the health services from being overwhelmed while having a better opportunity to treat the already identified cases. That time also helps in the development of a vaccine.
A few actions you can take to be safe while reducing the spread rate:
- Social gatherings and crowded or overcrowded-activities should be avoided at all cost;
- Avoid traveling;
- Stay at home;
- Practice good respiratory hygiene;
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds;
- Avoid touching the eyes, nose, or mouth before you wash your hands;
- Keep a social distance of at least 6 feet (1,80 meters).
If for some reason if you have to be near other persons keep greater distances than before.
It’s difficult at first like it’s also difficult for you to avoid touching your face. But it’s important that now we all make our best to follow these coronavirus safety guidelines.
Should you wear a Coronavirus face mask?
The WHO (World Health Organization) says that using masks in only advised by those is coughing or sneezing. Or if you are taking care of someone with a suspected infection.
Wearing a mask has no downside but it can make the difference in preventing you from getting infected or passing on the disease. That’s enough of a reason, right?
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends covering up your mouth and nose with a tissue during any cough or sneeze. If that isn’t possible, try coughing or sneezing into the inside of the elbow if no tissue is available. Proper hand hygiene after any cough or sneeze is also highly recommended.
If you can’t access a proper mask, you can always improvise by getting a piece of tissue covering your mouth and nose. You and everyone around you will be safer that way.
Like habitual in these matters, there’s no rule on the amount of time people need to recover.
Harvard Health Publishing gives us a lot of valuable information on there Coronavirus Resource Center.
They mention that some cases are to be recovered in one or two weeks but several cases can take six weeks or more. Unfortunately, it’s predicted that about 1% of the infected persons will not survive the disease.
Part of the difficulty resides in the fact that this is a fight against an invisible virus.
That fight against Coronavirus is happening on many fronts. Hospitals and healthcare facilities are treating the most severe cases.
Each of us has an obligation to help to contain the virus. Follow the safety rules already mentioned in this article.
If you leave your home to buy groceries, pharmaceutical or any other essential goods, remember that there are risks.
If you live in an apartment building the Coronavirus might be spread through a doorknob or the elevator door’s handle. The same can be said of the elevator buttons.
Take into account that if you touch an object it’s likely that so do other people.
Be sure to clean your hands and avoid touching other objects before you do to minimize spreading.
According to the CDC, there doesn’t seem to be a higher risk for children than adults. Most detected cases are in adults, though.
Wikipedia’s article states that children are likely to have milder symptoms and a lower chance of severe disease state than adults.
That’s great news.
Unfortunately, this disease presents pregnant women with higher risks than other adults. CDC confirms it.
If you’re in that situation or know someone who is pregnant, be extra careful.
The CDC reports that up to this moment there have been no cases of pets suffering from COVID-19.
Until further notice, Coronavirus 2019 only spreads among human beings.
Despite that, it doesn’t hurt to wash your hands more frequently when you’re around your pets.
If you want to see a detailed chronology since the COVID-19 was first detected, we advise reading CNN’s Coronavrius timeline article.
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