What is Coronavirus?: All that you need to know.
A mysterious new disease Cronovirus is haunting people in China and abroad. The death toll reaches 25 in China due to coronavirus and it continues to grow. It is spreading in China and abroad instilling fear in public of disease being dangerous.
Coronavirus is a respiratory disease. The outbreak of this deadly infectious coronavirus in Wuhan has been analysed. The genetic analysis shows that the 2019-nCov triggered this disease and may have transmitted from snakes to humans.
Coronavirus in China has similar symptoms like SARS-Cov and MERS-Cov. Both of the diseases cause severe respiratory illness in humans. It is spreading very rapidly because of the respiratory route of transmission and can harm lives.
Symptoms of Coronavirus.
The symptoms of coronavirus are very much similar to the flu. It may be a runny nose, cough, sore throat, fever or feeling unwell. It may lead to bronchitis, pneumonia or multi-organ failure leading to death. Individuals with the weak immune system, cardiopulmonary compromise, infants and elderly people are more prone to coronavirus.
Experts and doctors say that this disease is communicable. It may transfer from human to human with mere cough and sneeze. The virus travels through mouth or nose inside the body and finds a host cell. Then it spreads to other cells in the body, multiplying the infection inside.
Coronavirus detection abroad.
The first international case other than China has been in Thailand. Travellers from Wuhan, China unaware of the virus they are carrying are responsible for the spread of the disease. US, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Vietnam and Macau have also confirmed the detection of coronavirus.
The National Health Commission of China says that there is a total of 830 cases till now in China. Out of which 177 are in very serious condition and 34 of them have been cured and discharged.
Indians in China under lockdown.
The Chinese authorities have put a hold on mobility in China to stop the spread of the virus. According to reports, 39 Indians are stuck in Wuhan which is under complete lockdown. There are about 25 students who are stuck in Wuhan, 20 of those students are from Kerala. Yichang City, 300 km from Wuhan holds captive 14 more students interning in a hospital.
Two people travelling from China to Mumbai are under observation in Kasturba hospital. Airport doctors are asked to send those travelling from China if suspected of the virus to the isolation ward. An isolation ward has been set up for the virus suspects in the hospital.
What does WHO say?
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom says, “This is an emergency in China, but it has not yet become a global health emergency.” WHO publishes a guide for all countries to follow and know-how to prevent the disease. The organisation says that the virus is spreading at a low rate so there is no need to restrict travel.
However, WHO will continue the discussion over the emergency situation in China. And if necessary then only it will announce it as a global health emergency.
Indian Embassy Cancels R day Celebration.
Embassy of India in China cancels the Republic Day celebrations in the wake of the outbreak of coronavirus. The Embassy informs about this through Twitter, “In view of the evolving situation due to the coronavirus outbreak in China as well as the decision of the Chinese authorities to cancel public gatherings and events,@EOIBeijing has also decided to call off the Republic Day reception scheduled to be held @EOIBeijing on January 26th.”
India is closely monitoring the situation in China. The Indian Embassy has also set up a hotline service to help those who want to connect to their family in China.
China is also taking all possible measures to stop the virus from spreading. WHO has also hailed China for its efforts. But till now there is no cure or vaccine for this disease as per the experts. People need to take proper prevention to avoid any danger.