The coronavirus which was first detected in a Chinese city, Wuhan, on December 2019 and spread to more than 45 other countries, has created a situation of panic in every corner of the world. Still, world trying to find Busting the Coronavirus MythsEvery person of the world seems to be scary and frightened after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global health emergency after getting confirmation of its human to human transfer. The developed countries including the U.S., the U.K., Singapore, France, Russia, Spain, Italy, Canada and others are failed to control this situation.
Busting the Coronavirus Myths
The coronavirus outbreak has reached in Pakistan as health authorities have confirmed five cases. It’s worth mentioning here that
“We have now 5th confirmed case of COVID19 in federal areas,” Zafar Mirza, the country’s health minister said in a tweet early Tuesday morning.
What is Coronavirus?
According to the WHO, coronaviruses (a new strain that had not been previously identified in humans) are a family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more
severe diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
These viruses were originally transmitted between animals and people. SARS, for instance, was transmitted from civet cats to humans while MERS moved to humans from a type of camel.
Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.
The name coronavirus comes from the Latin word corona, meaning crown or halo. Under an electron microscope, the image of the virus looks like a solar corona.
What are the Symptoms?
Common signs of infection include:
- Respiratory symptoms
- Shortness of breath
- Breathing difficulties.
- In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
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.
- Practice respiratory hygiene
How Deadly is it?
The virus has killed more than 3,000 people worldwide and more than 89,000 cases of the infection have been reported globally, most of them in mainland China. Researchers currently think that between five and 40 coronavirus cases in 1,000 will result in death, with the best guess of nine in 1,000 or about 1%.
The death rates were lowest for the under the 30s – there were eight deaths in 4,500 cases. And deaths were at least five times more common among people with diabetes, high blood pressure or heart or breathing problems.
There was even a slightly higher number of deaths among men compared to women. All of these factors interact with each other and we don’t yet have a complete picture of the risk for every type of person in every location.