Coronavirus Global Outbreak: What we know so far
Speaking of trending news and bulletins around the globe, Coronavirus outbreak is a definite heading we see in newspapers on a daily basis.
But what is Coronavirus and what we must know about the same? And if you or people around you are showing symptoms of Coronavirus, this is a must-read!
COVID-19 or the 2019-nCoV is a member of the Coronavirus family that has never been seen before. Due to its nature and structure, it is difficult to identify.
While scientists are still striving to build a vaccine for Coronavirus outbreak; people around the world are becoming anxious to know how soon a vaccine will be available.
Coronavirus outbreak update
The outbreak has killed thousands and has spread to every continent except Antarctica. New Coronavirus is a cousin of SARS and MERS Coronaviruses.
Its structure also resembles some viruses that cause the common cold. Although, novel Coronavirus has a lower fatality as compared to SARS and MERS; its spread has caused concerns globally.
More than 3,200 people have died globally and over 90,000 have been infected by the same.
Coronavirus outbreak in India
India imposed strict checking for tourists arriving from Italy and the Middle East. It confirmed several cases of the infection in a group of Italian tourists.
Jaipur, a popular heritage city in India also has two suspected Coronavirus infection cases. Both cases are of Italian tourists who entered the country in first week of March.
Fears have risen in India due to increased movement of the infected.
New Delhi, Agra, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and few other cities have reported suspected cases of Coronavirus infection.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi might also be skipping this year’s Holi festival due to the infection.
Coronavirus situation in China and South Korea
China imposed a lockdown when the virus first started to spread but despite strong measures, the globe was hit badly. Japan and South Korea were among the first countries to report Coronavirus cases outside China and have been struggling to contain the infection ever since.
South Korea now has more than 5,200 confirmed infections with several people being tested every day.
More than half of the cases in the country have been linked to a religious group that is often accused of being a cult. Over 75% of positive cases are people who are from or have recently visited Daegu in South Korea.
Clouds of uncertainty over the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Japan reported its first case on January 15 and took proactive measures for border control to restrict spread of Coronavirus infection in the country.
Government summoned meetings almost every second day to update the citizens and take proactive measures for its containment.
Olympic games, that are supposed to start on 24 July 2020 could get postponed amid Coronavirus outbreak.
Organizers are trying their best to avoid cancellation or even a date change but nothing can be said as no one know what situation will be in next 3 months.
The Japanese government earlier allowed Diamond Princess cruise ship to dock at Yokohama Port after a case of Coronavirus infection was discovered on board.
Over 3,700 people were put into quarantine and many were treated before they were repatriated to their homelands.
Italy: Most cases outside Asia
As on 2 March 2020; over 1,600 cases of Coronavirus infections were confirmed in Italy. 40 deaths were reported in the nation with the most positive cases outside Asia.
There were only three registered cases of Coronavirus infection in Italy on 21 February 2020.
The situation became more tensed after countries started imposing visa restrictions on tourists from Italy.
Iran: Largest Coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East
There are now more than 2,300 confirmed cases of Coronavirus infection in Iran. The country also reported 77 deaths from the virus.
Iran is one of the worst affected nations due to poor healthcare system and recent political turmoil.
A nationwide team of 300,000 healthcare workers was activated to stop the spread of Coronavirus.
The United Arab Emirates have also reported 24 positive cases of the Coronavirus infection.
It is one of the few nations where people have recovered from the infection due to its efficient healthcare system.
How to prevent Coronavirus infection?
COVID-19 is like any other common respiratory disease, some basic precautionary measures can help you stay away from the infection.
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with people who have visited infected areas recently
- Wash your hands with soap and water regularly
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, face mask of cloth before you sneeze or cough
- Do not touch your eyes, mouth, nose or ears too frequently while you are in public spaces
- Use alcohol-based sanitizers
- Clean frequently touched surfaces with disinfectants
Some common home remedies can also help in preventing Coronavirus infection
What does World Health Organization (WHO) say about Coronavirus outbreak?
World Health Organization agreed that viruses’ spread outside China is worrying but is not an unexpected development.
WHO has declared the outbreak to be a public health emergency of international concern but has not yet declared to be a pandemic, that is “worldwide spread of a disease”?
Countries are battling a shortage of health equipment and WHO is struggling to help them meet their needs.
Fears mount that outbreak may soon officially become a pandemic and that would force WHO and nations to take extreme steps to ensure good health of everyone.
Impact of COVID-19 on global economy
More new infection cases of Coronavirus outside china are being reported than in China where it originated.
Global manufacturing has been affected since the start of the outbreak in China. Manufacturers struggled for raw materials, parts, and finished products at the start of 2020 as most supply chains are based to or from China.
However, the situation has now changed as China is reporting betterment in situation while globally the situation is worsening.
Stocks markets are falling to decade lows and consumer spending is also seen decaying lately.
Due to the panic-driven situation demand for food items and medical equipment has risen sharply. Every other industry is on a fall due to dropping disposable income.
Stock markets around the world recorded the biggest hits as profits of most big giants are expected to suffer.
Last week of February saw the worst performance for major stocks since 2008 financial crisis.
Central banks are pumping liquidity in markets to make borrowing cheaper and encourage consumers to spend and boost the economy.
To summarise, Coronavirus is a spreading concern around the globe which is not only affecting the living condition of individuals but impact the global economy, maybe worse than the global crisis seen in 2008.
Since major economic participation is associated with China, virus outbreak is certainly a rising concern with deadly results, for individuals as well as nations!