You will be learning everything about the coronavirus outbreak. I will be telling you everything you need to know about the virus as a Nigerian.
It’s no longer new that there is a new disease outbreak known as corona virus. As at the time of writing this article, over 811 people have lost their lives worldwide. The World Health Organization [WHO] has declared a global health emergency over a new Coronavirus following an outbreak in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.
Over 37,500 cases have been confirmed worldwide, most of them in China’s Hubei province.
According to the World Health Organization, coronavirus belongs to a family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome [SARS] and Middle East respiratory syndrome [MERS].
Coronavirus are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. A detailed investigation found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans.
The incubation period of the coronavirus remains unknown as at the time of writing this article. Information we got from different sources suggested that it could be between 10-14 days.
The infected patient can be asymptomatic, meaning they do not display any of the symptoms listed above, despite having the virus in their systems.
Over 90% of the cases and deaths have been reported in China. The vast majority have been reported in Hubei province.
Other countries with reported cases include Hong Kong, Philippines etc. The virus has spread to so many countries in Australia, Europe, North America and the Middle East.
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Also avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
From the updates we heard so far, so many people are saying that it does not survive temperatures ranging from 26 degree Centigrade. It’s believed that once its exposed to this temperature, it will be killed.
Another update flying around has it that it does not survive in hot regions so drinking hot water and staying away from cold fruits is strongly advised.
Another unconfirmed update is the fact that taking warm water mixed with salt will kill the tonsil germs and prevent them from leaking into the lungs.
The above updates are rumor for now, it’s not yet confirmed.
I am going to list the confirmed updates on how to stay safe during the Corona virus Pandemic.
We will keep updated once we get more information on that.