29th Mar, 11 pm – Updates from CNN : Globally Total cases 1,363,366 Deaths 76,420
What is Corona virus, COVID-19?
Corona virus (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. A novel corona virus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. It was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and now spreading to USA, Canada, Australia etc. globally. 2019-nCoV is a beta-corona virus, like Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), all of which might have their origins in bats. The virus is named due to its shape of a crown with protrusions around it and hence is known as coronavirus.
The World Health Organization has official named the illness caused by new coronavirus: COVID-19.
Signs and Symptoms of novel (new) corona virus (nCoV), COVID-19 :
Majority of the infected patients were from China, but now it has been spread to all over world. For confirmed 2019-nCoV infections, reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. Symptoms as per CDC.gov can include:
- Shortness of breath
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, if a corona virus infection spreads to the lower respiratory tract (your windpipe and your lungs), infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Prevention and Treatment of n-CoV, COVID-19:
So, how to prevent it and what are the treatments available? Sadly, there is currently no treatment or vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing. Help from source: WHO (World Health Organisation)
- Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- The consumption of raw or under-cooked animal products should be avoided.
Situation report of corona virus – Check the Latest SR (Source: WHO):
- Updated on 21.03.2020
- 266 073 confirmed (32 000)
- 11 184 deaths (1344)
- Western Pacific Region
- 94 037 confirmed (688)
- 3426 deaths (21)
- European Region
- 128 541 confirmed (23 950)
- 6000 deaths (1 101)
- South-East Asia Region
- 979 confirmed (61)
- 38 deaths (7)
- Eastern Mediterranean Region
- 22 355 confirmed (1596)
- 1466 deaths (154)
- Region of the Americas
- 18 877 confirmed (5606)
- 235 deaths (57)
- African Region
- 572 confirmed (99)
- 12 deaths (4)
- WHO RISK ASSESSMENT
- Global Level Very High
Disclaimer: This article has been compiled from various sources like WHO.int, CDC.gov, Webmd.com etc., Kindly consult doctor or expert in case of any of the symptoms.