Corona virus is a viral diseases hat is transmitted from animals to humans. These viruses are known to cause illness ranging from cold to a more severe disease. As at January 2020, there have been an outbreak of corona virus in China. According to telegraph the virus has infected over 4000 people and have killed upto 106.
Where and when did the infection start?
A seafood market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan have been earmarked as the source of the corona virus outbreak. According to the city health commission, the virus broke out between December 12 and 29, 2019. A recent research has pointed to bats and snakes as the primary source of the virus.
How does Corona Virus spread?
Corona virus dwells mostly in the body of their host. The disease reservoir could be domestic or wild animals ranging from pigs, to birds, dogs, cats and camels.
The disease is spread once a human comes in close contact with the host animal.
The virus are housed in the respiratory tract and are spread through coughing and sneezing.
Corona virus also spreads once you come in contact with contaminated surfaces or objects.
On rare occasions fecal contamination
NB: The virus mutates in the body of the host and spills into a broader population.
Prevention of Corona Virus
- It is recommended you wash your hands often with soap and water
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth without washing your hands
- Avoid close contact with sick people
- Visit the hospital when you are sick
How far has the disease spread?
Cases of Corona virus outbreak have been reported in United States, France, Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, Macau, Japan, United Kingdom, Germany and the Philippines. Though majority of the people affected are Chinese.
Currently there are over 4000 cases of corona virus outbreak around the world.
Is there any vaccine for corona virus?
There is no vaccine for corona virus. However, research is ongoing to discover a vaccine for the deadly virus.
Professor Robin Shattock, from Imperial College London, said his team had “two vaccine candidates” developed from the genetic sequence of coronavirus provided by Chinese scientists, and some British experts are confident that a vaccine could be available within weeks.
China has started building a hospital for treating only patients infected with the virus. China hope to finish the hospital within 6 days.
Treatment of Corona Virus
China has reported the first successful treatment of Corona virus patient in Shanghai. The 56 years old patient had normal body temperature for 6days during her treatment. Her respiratory symptoms was reported to have improved significantly. She was later discharged after there were no traces of the sickness in her body.