The world is still in shock over the COVID 19 outbreak. Like there are some persons who are still in disbelief over this. It’s just like a bad dream and the whole world is waiting to wake up from it. Hopefully, this is all a dream and one day the world will wake up from it.
COVID 19 Outbreak
Precisely 31st December, WHO, the world health organization was alerted by china in regards to an unusual pneumonia in one of its cities, Wuhan. This city is a port city, with over 10 million people inhabiting it found in the central of the Hubei province. The source of this pneumonia, the virus was unknown. An interesting fact about this whole debacle was that most of the infected persons worked at the city’s seafood wholesale market which was later shut down on January 1st.
Health workers were immediately put on alert as to this infectious disease and as they were tirelessly working the number of infected people rose to more than 40. On January 7th, the virus was identified as the 2019-nCoV. It was found to belonging to the coronavirus family which included the SARS and the common cold. On January 11th the first death resulting from the coronavirus was recorded.
Fast forward to January 13th, a case was reported in Thailand by WHO. This was the first case reported outside China. The carrier was a woman who had arrived in Thailand from the city of Wuhan, China. The second case to be reported outside china was in japan and this event took place on January 16. By a man this time but some who also visited the city of Wuhan. And in the course of the following days, cases were confirmed in the United States, France, Nepal, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, South Korea, and Taiwan. This was how the disease was spread all over the world.
COVID 19 Symptoms
The symptoms of this disease are common to that of fever. Infected persons with this disease might be sick for up to 14 days before developing and showing symptoms. One special thing about this disease and its symptoms is that over 80% of the infected people recover from it without having any special kind of treatment. Common symptoms of the COVID 19 disease include;
- Difficulty in breathing.
These are the symptoms of this disease and you should, therefore, be cautious and observant. The symptoms of this disease can be severe and sometimes fatal. The people who are more vulnerable to this disease are older people and those persons with preexisting medical conditions. The most severe of these conditions are asthma, heart disease, and diabetes.
COVID 19 Prevention
This disease is highly contagious and it is, therefore, the job of everyone to contain it not just the health officials. We can actually help them to make their jobs easier. To prevent the spread and the contact of this disease do the following.
- You need to wash your hands very often for up to 20 seconds whenever you do this.
- When you cough or sneeze make sure you cover your mouth with your elbows or with a disposable tissue.
- When you are not too feeling well or even when you are well, you need to keep your distance by avoiding close contact with people.
- Don’t touch your face.
- And if possible stay at home and self-isolate if you feel like you are developing any of the symptoms discussed in this article
These are the preventive cultures to cultivate in aid to battle this pandemic.
COVID 19 Treatment
Well currently there is no cure for this virus. It can however be treated and managed with other medicines. People with severe cases may need ventilators and supportive care to help them breathe. If you are showing signs of the symptoms, you can stay at home until you have recovered. You can also observe;
- Rest and sleep.
- You can also keep warm.
- Drink plenty of liquids including water.
You can also use a humidifier or bathe with hot water to help ease a sore throat and dry cough. You can also call your local emergency number if you feel like you are developing any of the COVID 19 symptoms. Currently, there are 818, 835 confirmed coronavirus or COVID 19 cases worldwide. Of these confirmed cases we have 39, 793 deaths reported and 173, 209 recovered cases. Currently, there are 605, 833 infected patients as of the time of this article. Of these active cases worldwide, 95% (575, 007) are in mid condition, while 5% (20, 826) are in critical condition.