Coronavirus – All the updates

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    What is a coronavirus?

    Coronaviruses are a large family of both animals and people’s viruses. Others infect and have diseases that range from the common cold to more serious diseases, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and SRS.

    According to official data released on Sunday, the death rate for coronaviruses in China has risen to 811, exceeding the SARS outbreak of 2002-3.

    According to the Chinese National Health Commission, the number of confirmed infections increased to 37,198. In the previous 24 hours, 89 deaths and 2.656 new cases, the majority of which in Hubei province was the center of the outbreak, were reported. American officials announced Saturday that a resident of the United States died of a coronavirus in Hubei, Hubei Provincial Capital.

    774 people worldwide were affected by the SARS outbreak, which also started in China. There have only been two confirmed deaths in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines from the new coronavirus outside mainland China.

    Many physicians believe that death and infection due to the current Chinese epidemic are insufficient because of severe stress in the testing centers in hospitals and laboratories.

    Bioinformatics India closely follows the outbreak of a (new) coronavirus (known as “2019-N-CoV”), which was first identified and continues to grow in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. In China, tens of thousands of 2019-nCoV infections have been confirmed by Chinese health officials, with the virus spreading in parts of the country from person to person. That number of international locations, including the United States, also record 2019-nCoV infections, most of them connected with travel from Wuhan.

    It has been observed that some individuals are transmitting this virus outside China. On the 30th of January 2020, the United States identified the first confirmed case in which this virus spreads individually.

    What is a “novel” coronavirus?

    A novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new human-unidentifiable strain of coronavirus. Before the outbreak was announced in Wuan, China in December 2019 the new or “latest” coronavirus, now known as 2019-nCoV, was not detected.

    How dangerous is it?

    Infection of 2019-nCoV can, just like other respiratory diseases, cause mild symptoms such as the runny nose, sore throat, cough, and fever. Many individuals may be tougher and may suffer pneumonia or difficulty breathing. The disease can be fatal more rarely. Older people and persons with medical conditions pre-existing (such as diabetes and heart disorders) are more vulnerable to severe virus disease.

    Our lack of knowledge about the coronavirus of Wuhan is troubling for those of us who look to research for answers.

    The outbreak of Wuhan coronavirus is alarming for those of us who look to science for answers. We don’t know the number of infected patients likely to die (cf. the three things about Wuhan Coronavirus that we really need to know); our estimates for how many other individuals on average are reported for each carrier infection; and the overall number of cases is likely to be much higher than those confirmer.

    For epidemiologists who use models to measure how wrong the outbreak is, these are three parameters that are important, but we do not know what values to include in their models.

    The list of unknowns is even longer when the cases in China skyrocket. Whether the virus will spread until symptoms occur remains unclear. We still don’t know whether, or when the virus has probably crossed from bats, or why the first known human case of the virus does not seem to be linked to the Wuhan food market where the epidemic has apparently started.

    Can humans be infected if they consume animals?

    Detailed research has shown that in 2002, in China, SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and in 2012 MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Among animals that have not yet infected humans, some known coronaviruses circulate. Further coronaviruses are likely to be detected as surveillance improves around the world.

    The 2019-nCoV animal source was still not known. This does not mean that you can capture any animal or your pet’s 2019- nCoV. Some of the first recorded human infections have probably occurred in an animal source from a living animal market in China. To protect yourself, avoid direct contact with live animals and areas in contact with animals when visiting live animal markets.

    It should be avoided to eat raw or undercooked foods. Carefully handle raw meat, milk or animal organs to prevent cross-cutting with uncooked food, in compliance with good practices in food safety.

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    Can I catch 2019-nCoV from my pet?

    No, there are no reports for 2019-nCoV dissemination or diseases of corresponding livestock or animals such as cats and dogs currently.

    Can 2019-nCoV transmitted from humans?

    Yes, 2019-nCoV causes respiratory disease and may, usually after close contact with the infected patient, in the workplace or healthcare center, be transmitted from person to person.

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    What can I do to protect myself?

    Keep abreast-free and take care of your health with the following information available on the WHO website:

    Why? Wash your hands with soap, water or rub an alcoholic hand if your hands are not visibly dirty.

    How about the new outbreak information? When you wash your hands with soap and water or use a hand rub based on alcohol, it will kill the virus.

    Maintain social distancing – maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever.

    What is the reason? If a person who has a respiratory disease, such as 2019-nCoV, tabs or sneezes, throws small droplets with the virus. You can breathe in the virus if you’re too close.

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    Should I wear a mask to protect myself?

    The use of a medical mask can help to reduce the spread of certain respiratory diseases. Using a mask alone will not deter infections and should be paired with other preventive measures such as hygiene of the hand and mouth and avoid close contact–at least one meter (3 feet) away from each other.

    To order to avoid unnecessary waste of valuable resources and possible misuse of masks (see Advice on Mask use), WHO advises on the appropriate use of medical masks.

    It means that masks are used only when you have respiratory symptoms, suspect 2019-nCoV infection with mild symptoms, or treat a suspected infection with the 2019-nCoV disease.

    A suspected 2019-nCoV infection is associated with travel to a China region where 2019-nCoV was identified or close contact with anyone who has had respiratory symptoms or who has traveled to China.

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    Who can catch this virus?

    People living in or traveling in an environment that circulates with the 2019 nCoV virus may be at risk of infection. Currently, in China, where the majority of infected people are registered, 2019-nCoV circulates.

    Persons who have been imported from other states include people who have recently visited China or lived or worked closely with such travelers such as family members, friends or health care professionals prior to knowing that the patient had been diagnosed with 2019-nCoV.

    Sick caregivers with 2019-nCoV face a higher risk, with proper infection prevention and control protocols to protect themselves.

    To order to better understand how the virus circulates and how people can defend themselves from infection, the WHO actively studies the epidemiology of this epidemic. See WHO’s latest situation reports for more information:

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    Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the 2019-nCoV?

    Indeed, antibiotics work only with bacterial infections, not viruses. The novel coronavirus is a virus that is not to be used as a prevention or treatment for antibiotics.

    Are there any specific medicines to prevent or treat 2019-nCoV?

    Update on Coronavirus till date, a particular medication for stopping or treating the current coronavirus has not been prescribed. Nevertheless, people who are diagnosed with 2019-nCoV will receive adequate treatment to ease and treat the symptoms, as well as personalized help for those with serious diseases.

    Several specific therapies are being studied and clinically tested. WHO helps coordinate efforts with a number of collaborators to produce medicines for the treatment of nCoV.

    You should ensure good manual and respiratory hygiene, safe food practice and avoid close contact with anyone with signs of respiratory diseases such as cough or sneezing, if possible if you want to prevent yourself from being infected with the new coronavirus. If possible.

    The following measures are not specifically recommended as 2019-nCoV remedies as they are not effective to protect yourself and can be even harmful:

    • Taking vitamin C
    • Smoking
    • Drinking tradition herbal teas
    • Wearing multiple masks to maximize protection
    • Taking self-medication such as antibiotics

    In any case, you need medical attention early if you have flu, cigarettes, and difficulty breathing so that you can reduce the risk of contracting serious infections.

    Comment here to suggest or advise if there are any concerns with the same!

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    Rajat Singh
    A Bioinformatics Masters degree from the G.N Khalsa Science and Commerce College (Mumbai). Blogger by choice and an enthusiastic person with a technical background and passion.

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