Sunday, 2 February 2020

Coronavirus in & Outside China: What Do You Need to Know


Corona Virus Outbreak in China & Outside China: What Do You Need to Know to Protect You and Your Families and Friends

The coronavirus outbreak started in Wuhan, a Chinese city (2019). The people, who have visited Wuhan, are in danger now as the virus affected patient are mostly from the capital of Hubei province. The more fear is that the virus (the deadly illness alarming the world) can easily swallow a country with a weak health governance system.

Global Health Emergency by WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global health emergency since the new coronavirus outbreak is spreading outside China. The death toll is skyrocketing in China. The concern is that China may hide the death counts and the country has a history of showing misleading information. But the government of China has taken "extraordinary initiatives" to prevent it from spreading. It is widely reported that Chinese authorities have constructed a big hospital in a few days. The Chinese city has effectively been sealed off (transport restrictions) and is in a state of lockdown because of the infectious disease.

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The Main Facts of Chinese Coronavirus:
> Animals (wildlife – snakes, bats and civet cats) at the seafood market are the potential source of the virus
> The people with pneumonia &/or lungs problems are at great risks
> Middle-aged & old people are in danger

Main symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath
Other symptoms: muscle ache, confusion, headache & sore throat etc.

This virus affects not only China but also, the whole world because the Chinese economy is the second-largest in the globe. Furthermore, international students and students from china move around the world constantly. Now, an increasing number of countries warn their people to avoid travels to the country.


Can Masks Prevent Chinese Coronavirus?   
Masks are considered as a self-protection tool that can protect human from much pollution (air and dust) and airborne diseases which spread through particles (viruses) in the air. In some cases, masks cannot help you as much as you think because most people don’t know to wear a mask properly. Citizens usually pull their masks aside for different reasons. For example, masks will be soggy if vapour from breath comes out. The mask users may scratch their noses (under the masks) or talk on their mobiles. To take the benefits, masks have to be worn perfectly and fit well (seal off the nose and mouth). According to health experts, preventing the spread of the coronavirus through masks is limited. A surgical mask doesn’t offer full protection but an N95 mask offers much protection. 

Hoarding masks by the bad businessmen mean hospitals and clinics can run short of these masks.

If sick people wear masks in crowded places (buses, rail station, offices) then virus-laden droplets from their coughs and sneezes can be contained. In the hospital, doctors and nurses who treat patients wear masks and change them frequently.


The Effective Solution to the Coronavirus
Frequent hand washing; healthy foods; avoid touching eyes, mouths and noses are believed to be more protective by the Medical experts. Their opinion is

<> Boost your immune system with vitamin C and other nutritious food items.
<> Put on a mask to protect yourself and wear a mask to protect others too.


 References: 

Coronavirus: A visual guide to the outbreak

China coronavirus - Questions answered



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