The Coronavirus Up Close

Spoiler alert – I’m not a doctor and share information that I come across, hoping to educate myself.  There’s no doubt, the Coronavirus is a Global killer and will cause havoc on economies and health concerns.

I at the same time also believe it will help educate the World leaders about Global impact caused by events in countries.  These are health and environmental issues that we need to deal with, and attempting to make these political topics is crazy talk.

Check this site for more information: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus is a virus that can cause a mild cold, but it can also result in serious infection of the airways.

It is a relatively new virus, although the strain has been around a little while but never caused any serious headlines or concerns, until late 2019.  The new strain is therefor called COVID-19 aka. Corona Virus Disease 2019, or as some scientists call it; SARS-CoV-2.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a betacoronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV.  All three of these viruses have their origins in bats.

The first reported case of COVID-19 occurred in the new infamous Eastern China, in Wuhan in the Hubei province, around December 2019.

The epicenter or ground zero of the virus is still a little unknown, although many points towards the food market in Wuhan.

It still reminds of the various zombie and apocalypse movies, and makes me wonder if the doomsday prepper knows something we mortal people don’t!

The Seriousness of COVID-19

Like so many viruses, the most vulnerable people are the older generations and people with already weak immune systems or chronic illnesses.

  • 80% of cases causes milder symptoms that do now require hospital visits, and the local doctor should be able to provide some treatment plan.
  • 15% of cases may be admitted to hospitals for proper treatment
  • 5% of cases may be admitted to ICU on hospitals, with more severe symptoms and needs a more serious treatment plan.
  • Overall, this virus has a lethal rate of approx. 2%

What can we do?

Honestly, we have to use common sense and treat this as any other virus season like the flu.  The flu kills thousands of people annually, and

Disinfecting surfaces and using hand sanitizers is the best defense, and then avoid contact with people who might be diagnosed with COVID-19.

I would personally avoid visiting areas where there are many cases reported.

That bad news is, most countries in the World will be affected by this virus.  It is how our leaders respond to the seriousness of this, and how our countries address this with medical treatments.

It is clear, we need to invest money in vaccines and get this thing eradicated.

For more information, see the fact sheet from CDC; 2019-ncov-factsheet

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