Coronavirus 2020 Outbreak
Did you know?
The coronavirus outbreak has sickened approx. 40,000 people in Asia. As of 10th Feb 2020, at least 900 people have died. ~ NY times
The coronavirus outbreak that started in Wuhan, China, is spreading across China, and many other countries, including the United States. This respiratory infection is closely related to SARS and MERS and has been responsible for several deaths in many countries.
When did the outbreak start?
The outbreak was reported on Dec. 30, 2019, in China.
How many people have been diagnosed with the Coronavirus?
According to the European CDC, deaths in China surpass 600 and infection rise above 31,000. And approximately 134 cases are confirmed in 23 countries, including Japan, Vietnam, Nepal, Germany, Russia, United States, Australia, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, France, Italy, Russia, Finland, Spain, Sweden, Canada, and Australia.
What do we know about cases in the United States?
As thousands of coronavirus cases have been diagnosed and hundreds of people have died in China, public health officials are trying their best to stop the virus from spreading widely in the US.
Flights have been canceled. Travelers have been quarantined. Plans have been upended.
12 cases have been confirmed in the US and more tests are underway. You can track the spread of the Coronavirus outbreak here!
As of 5, Feb’2020 afternoon, 12 cases of coronavirus had been confirmed in six states, including Illinois, Washington, California, Arizona and Massachusetts, and officials were awaiting test results on dozens more possible cases.
What do we know about those patients?
Most of the coronavirus cases have been detected in the western United States, including six in California. Officials have reported one case in each state, including Arizona, Washington State, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts, and two cases in Illinois.
How Is the U.S. Being Affected?
As of 6, Feb’ 2020 updates:
- 12 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the United States. 9 of the first 12 patients in the US had traveled recently near Wuhan. Two people who did not travel to China, a 57-year-old woman in California and a man in his 60s from Illinois, contracted the virus from spouses who had returned from Wuhan.
- Two new planeloads of Americans have been evacuated from Wuhan. The planes have arrived on military bases. People are expected to remain on military bases in quarantine for some days.
- Hundreds of Americans who recently traveled to China are isolating themselves in ‘self quarantines’ for 14 days.
No death has been reported from coronavirus in the United States.
“Since the outbreak gained attention last month, more than 160 people in the United States who were tested for coronavirus have been found not to have the condition, federal officials said.”
Even though the coronavirus is deadly, no deaths have been reported yet in the US. Most of the patients receiving care in the US are doing well.
What’s being done to contain the outbreak?
The Chinese authorities have closed off Wuhan, canceled all flights and trains that leave the city and has suspended all the buses, subways and ferries within it. By Jan. 24, at least 12 other cities in Hubei Province had issued travel restrictions, including Huanggang and Ezhou.
Is travel to China safe?
The U.S. State Department has issued a level 4 travel advisory and is recommending people not to travel to China because of the outbreak.
Travelers who go must take care of the following instructions:
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Avoid the intake of animals and products that come from animals.
- Avoid visiting animal markets.
- Wash their hands often with alcohol-based sanitizer or soap and water.
Seek medical care right away if you experience cough, fever, cough, or difficulty in breathing.
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus infection?
Symptoms for Coronavirus infection include:
- And shortness of breath
The symptoms may appear within 2 to 14 days after you’re exposed to the virus.
How coronavirus infection is treated?
There is no cure or vaccine for coronavirus yet, but the National Institutes of Health is working on one. They’re hoping to begin its testing in several months.
As there is no treatment for the virus yet, patients are given supportive care for their symptoms. Supportive care includes fluids and pain relievers. The patients that are hospitalized might need support with breathing.
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