In this blog we will be discussing what you need to know about the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Chinese authorities in Wuhan City, Hubei Province,China, alerted the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 31 December 2019, of an increased number of pneumonia cases. On the 7th of January Chinese authorities confirmed that they have a new virus.
Since then the number infected has grown to 6,137 of which 132 resulted in death. The fatality rate of the Coronavirus is approximately 2%. This might seem low, but look at it this way. If 100 people are infected with 2019-nCoV, 2 will die. The common cold on the other hand, if 10,000 are infected, only 1 will result in death. Another concern about 2019-nCoV is the infection rate, especially in densely populated areas like Wuhan City & neighbouring cities.
So, how did Coronavirus start?
It’s believed that Coronavirus originated in a seafood market in Wuhan City. Reports indicated that some stallholders illegally traded in wild animals like; bats, snakes, marmots, rabbits and birds. Coronavirus is known to be contracted by humans who came in contact with an infected animal. The most likely origin is that a stallholder contracting the virus from one of his/ her animals, spreading the virus to humans who bought the meat or by human-on-human contact. According to Wuhan Institute for Virology, a test showed that the 2019-nCoV tested 96% identical to a Coronavirus found in bats. More research will have to be done, before they can confirm this result.
What are the symptoms Coronavirus?
Coronavirus starts out similar as the common cold. Symptoms include; runny nose, headache, sore throat, cough, fever and a general feeling of being unwell. As the Coronavirus attacks your body more severe infection in your upper an lower respiratory tract will occur, resulting in pneumonia or bronchitis.
Is there a cure?
There is no cure for 2019-nCoV. The best Doctors can do is to treat the symptoms. It is very important to see your Doctor as soon as possible if you have flu-like symptoms that don’t go away. If you recently traveled abroad, even if you didn’t travel to China or any other country with confirmed cases, disclose this to your Doctor. You can contract this virus by simply touching a surface an infected person touched. Airports are the perfect opportunity for a virus to spread internationally.
Who is most at risk?
As we already know with any type of influenza, anybody is at risk of contracting the disease. However, pregnant mothers, the elderly, small children or individuals with a compromised immune system (HIV, Autoimmune disease, etc) are more likely to suffer from severe symptoms which may result in death. If one of the above individuals experience any flu-like symptoms, it is best for them to see their Doctor as soon as possible.
What can you do to prevent Coronavirus?
It is best to delay any travels to infected cities, especially Wuhan. Other regions that have confirmed cases are Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong province. If you have to travel to one of these cities, it is important to follow the WHO Coronavirus Advice. If you work with international customers or have colleagues that travel internationally it is important to remember the above prevention techniques.
Is South Africa at risk?
On the 23rd of January 2020, WHO stated; “This is an emergency in China, but it has not yet become a global health emergency. It may yet become one”. South Africa welcomes more than 17 million tourists annually. More than 6 million South Africans travel internationally for work or leisure annually. Just because there hasn’t been a confirmed case in ZA, doesn’t mean that we don’t have to worry about it.
Something I think we should all start practising is to reduce/ eliminate touching our face in public or before thoroughly washing our hands. One study showed that the average person touches their face approximately 3000 times daily. That is 3000 possibilities for contracting some type of virus.
We wish organisations like WHO and everyone involved in research, decontamination and especially all the healthcare workers that treat the infected all the best. We owe our lives to each and every one of you. Our condolences to the families who’ve lost loved ones to 2019-nCoV. Lastly, all the best to those currently fighting for their lives.
To those not infected, let’s all practice good basic hygiene, keep clear from persons with flu-like symptoms and practice food safety. Let’s all do our part to prevent this virus from spreading any further.
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[ UPDATE – 6 February 2020]
According to CNN, the death toll of the Coronavirus in China has risen to 560, after more deaths were reported in Hubei Province. There are approximately 28,000 reported cases of infection in mainland China so far. 25 Countries have confirmed cases of the virus with 2 fatalities outside of China, one in Hong Kong and the other in the Philippines.
Evacuations & airport safety
Multiple countries across the world have evacuated their citizens from China. Most will stay in quarantine for at least 14 days upon arrival in their home countries.
In an effort to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus in Italy and Europe, Italian airport officials are scanning all passengers arriving on international flights, this includes flights from Asia as well as the rest of the world.
Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus there has also been a lot of fake news. Especially those that can profit from it. These days it is very difficult to differentiate between fact and fiction. I think the best source for information regarding the Coronavirus, what to do and our next steps, is the World Health Organization (WHO). These people are giving all they have for us, the public. They are on the front lines of infectious disease and are up to date on the latest development regarding; how the virus spreads, prevention and treatment. They have added a page to their website called Myth busters, where they answer our questions, you can view it here – WHO Myth Busters Q&A.
Ozone & infectious disease
Dr Robert Rowen from Santa Rosa in the USA posted an interesting video on YouTube regarding how ozone therapy can assist in the fight against the Coronavirus and similar diseases. He also touches on the fact why ozone isn’t promoted by mainstream health organisations and how understated ozone therapy really is. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.