COVID-19 GLOBAL INFORMATION
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19, is the Coronavirus disease 2019. This is an infectious disease caused by “SARS-Cov-2" severe acute respiratory syndrome Coronavirus 2. The disease was first recognised on 27 December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei province.
According to Wikipedia, as of 23 June 2020, the reported cases of COVID-19 around the world have exceed 9.1 million cases spanning over 188 countries and resulting in over 472,000 deaths and more than 4.52 million recoveries.
What are the recommended measures to prevent the disease?
The recommended measures include washing hands regularly for around 20 seconds
Maintaining distancing from other people
Covering your mouth when coughing with a bent elbow or into a tissue and binning it immediately
Keeping unwashed hands away from the face
Using a face mask
Covering hands with gloves
Can antibiotics treat the coronavirus disease?
Antibiotics do not work against viruses. The 2019-nCOV is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of treatment or prevention.
Did the COVID-19 virus originate from the "WIV" Wuhan Institute of Virology?
The Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences is a research institute on virology administered by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Located in Jiangxia District, Wuhan, Hubei, it opened mainland China's first biosafety level 4 laboratory in 2015. This lab is at the centre of the pandemic controversy and among a minority of labs across the world cleared to handle level 4 pathogens, which are the most dangerous viruses that pose a high risk of person-to-person transmission.
China is reportedly accused of silencing coronavirus survivors who want answers on what went wrong with COVID-19
6 May 2020, In a bitter blow to China, The New York Times has reported that seven residents of Wuhan residents who battered the coronavirus epidemic or whose family members had passed away from the COVID-19 virus were planning to prosecute the government in order to get some answers on what blunders may have led to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Lawyers have been cautioned not to file any legal proceedings against the Chinese government and heartbroken families have been grilled and threatened by police.
Leaked intelligence report confirms China 'intentionally concealed' COVID-19 to stockpile medical supplies
6 May 2020, According to two recent government papers an intelligence analysis was issued by the Trump administration claiming China deliberately delayed notifying the “WHO” World Health Organisation about the spread of the COVID-19 infection in order to stockpile medical equipment.
Breaking News. More contagious mutation of COVID-19 concern across the world.
6 May 2020, Researchers have identified a transformation in COVID-19 which signifies a more infectious strain of Coronavirus has been sweeping the US and Europe since early February 2020
It is believed that the virus may re-infect persons who have already developed antibodies. This Coronavirus strain is different to those which had increased early on in the epidemic.
World Health Organisation "WHO" warns that COVID-19 could haunt us for years.
8 May 2020, The European director of WHO has warned that the dangers of COVID-19 will not end with the pandemic with global economies affected by record unemployment, a rise in alcohol and drug driven domestic violence and mental health concerns.
Poll shows that more people think UK has handled coronavirus worse than Spain, Italy & France.
10 May 2020, According to the latest opinion poll for the Observer, the public in the U.K believe the United Kingdom has performed far worse in the COVID-19 catastrophe than its European neighbours Spain, Italy and France in the Covid-19 crisis than say it has done better than its European neighbours.
COVID-19 Coronavirus vaccine may “NEVER” arrive
11 May 2020, In a 50-page document the UK prime minister Boris Johnson has warned that restrictions on communal and commercial activity may have to remain in place for the “long haul” as a COVID-19 vaccine or treatment could take more than a year or may never succeed.
COVID-19 Coronavirus, is not just a respiratory infection - seems to baffle doctors
13 May 2020, According to CNN Health, Covid 19 is not just a respiratory disease and is baffling doctors around the globe with mysterious symptoms by triggering other health issues and can cause blood clots and multi system organ failure.
In some cases, some patients have developed COVID toes, with mysterious res or purple swelling of infected toes.
Office for National Statistics estimates 132,000 people in England have COVID-19
15 May 2020, Based on clinical research, the Office of National Statistics “ONS” have estimated that 132,000 people in England currently have Covid-19. According to their appraisals, for the period between April 27 and May 10 2020, an average of 148,000 people in England had COVID-19, representing 0.27% of the population. The tests had been carried out on a random selection of individuals from 10,000 homes.
When was (COVID-19) recognised as a pandemic?
On 11 March, WHO Director General characterised COVID-19 as a pandemic. Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died from COVID-19.
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Common symptoms include dry cough, fever, fatigue, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, loss of smell and loss of taste. Some patients may have nasal congestion, aches and pains, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don't develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.
While the majority of cased result in mild symptoms, some cases lead to pneumonia & organ failure. From exposure to the onset of COVID-19 is approximately 5 days, however has been known to range from 2 – 14 days.
How is the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread?
The virus is mainly spread between persons in close contact, frequently via small droplets which are produced by sneezing, coughing and chatting. Persons can also become infected by coming into contact with contaminated surfaces and then touching their face, eyes or nose. COVID-19 is most infectious during the first three days after the start of the symptoms.
Who is at risk for coronavirus?
The disease that causes COVID-19 infects individuals of all ages. Indication to date suggests that two groups of people are at a higher risk of getting severe COVID-19 disease. These are older people over 60 years old and persons with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease. The risk of severe disease progressively increases with people over the age of 40 and it is essential that adults in this age range guard themselves and protect others that may be more defenceless.