Outbreak of Coronavirus
Before getting into the nitty-gritty of where this outbreak started from, let’s first understand what the coronavirus is.
What is coronavirus?
Coronavirus is one of the viruses that cause the common cold, which usually infects the nasal passage, upper throat, sinuses; they are called so because of their morphological crown shape.
Mostly so far, these viruses have not been dangerous, but some strains of the infection can be quite dangerous, even fatal. Some coronaviruses that cause MERS ( Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome ) or SARS ( severe acute respiratory system ) are lethal.
The virus can transmit from animals to humans, which is how most scientists predict the recent epidemic started. It spreads, just like any other respiratory problem causing sickness, through the cough or sneeze of an infected person or by touching certain body parts of the infected or even by touching articles used by the infected person such as door handles, etc.
It’s widespread in the environment and for people to contract it, especially during the monsoon or winter times. The strain of coronavirus that is now circulating in the world and causing havoc is a mutant strand that is now responsible for over 200 deaths in China and several reported cases all over the world.
Symptoms and prevention of the disease
The symptoms of the infection due to this virus can resemble influenza, as it is also a respiratory virus. This novel virus can have some of the most common symptoms that we would always experience in case of even a common cold like cough, fever, or even shortness of breath.
The symptoms can start to show either as quickly as two days or even longer, like two weeks. Usually, the illness would last only for a few days or even a week, but if your immune system is not able to tackle this new strain, then the period of illness can prolong and also get more severe.
The virus itself can start spreading to other people way before you start experiencing any symptoms, so it’s best always to wear a mask when you are near other people until the hysteria dies down and the outbreak is under control.
In more severe cases, the symptoms could range from chills, and body aches to even pneumonia or death. And as there is no vaccine created as of now to prevent this infection, thus the best prevention recommended is to avoid contracting the virus.
By following the following methods, you increase your chances of avoiding contracting the virus.
- Cover the mouth and nose area with a tissue every time you cough or sneeze and dispose of it properly in the dustbin.
- Please wash your hands for a minimum of 30 seconds with soap and water or using a hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol for its sterilizing effect.
- Avoid contact with other people if you believe that you are sick and wearing a mask until you get it checked out.
- Thoroughly disinfect and clean any frequently used object or surface.
- Avoid all species of contact, especially near people who have been infected or just sick in general.
- Don’t touch your mouth, eyes, or nose without washing your hands first.
Where did it show up First?
The first-ever known cases of coronavirus were discovered around the 1960s, the most recent outbreak of a novel coronavirus, however, was recorded first around December 2019 in Wuhan, China.
It’s believed to have originated from some of the animals that were infected in the area and sold in animal markets in Wuhan. The city has been on lockdown for several days now, and the government is trying to contain the outbreak in the town by forbidding transporting in or out of the city.