On December 31, 2019, an outbreak of pneumonia of unknown etiology was reported in Wuhan City, Hubei province of China. On January 11, 2020, Chinese authorities reported that the cause of this lung inflammation had been a viral infection initially identified as a novel coronavirus or Covid-19. Covid-19 occurred in a group of people with pneumonia, who had been associated with seafood and live animal market in Wuhan. The infection since spread from infected to others (family members and healthcare workers). There are many cases now; it has spread within China and other countries, causing a global health emergency.
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause generally a mild disease; however, in some cases, some coronaviruses cause severe disease, e.g., SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). Coronaviruses circulate in a range of animals and jump from animals to humans; for example, MERS is transmitted from camels and SARS from civet cats. Regarding the Covid-19, the animal carrier is not known yet, and the virus has not been identified in humans so far.
Unfortunately, coronavirus has become a new global emergency as the virus has been transmitting easily and rapidly—spreading globally—infecting over 45,961,222 people, and killing more than 1,194,672 so far worldwide. As a result of fast transmission, the WHO (World Health Organization) declared a global pandemic on March 12, 2020.
How's the Covid-19 transmitted?
Generally, respiratory viruses are usually transmitted through droplets created when an infected person is coughing or sneezing or through something that has been contaminated with the virus. Vulnerable groups of people to the coronavirus infection are those in close contact with animals and those who are caring for the infected such as family members and healthcare workers.
How's the Coronavirus manifested?
Infection symptoms can be from mild to severe. Common signs of infection include respiratory problems, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death; however, the mortality rate is not known yet, and most infected people with Covid-19 experience only mild-illness and recover easily. Infection is more severe for older people and those with a chronic disease. Regarding the testing for the virus, the coronavirus is diagnosed by a PCR test.
How to minimize the risk of contagion?
There is currently no specific medication nor vaccine for the coronavirus, and treatment is supportive care. There are several standard recommendations to protect against infection and prevent further spread, including the following steps of precautions.
Eat healthy food and take enough nutrients to enhance your immune system;
Maintain your hygiene by washing hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth with a tissue or into your sleeve at the bent elbow; additionally, make sure to dispose of used tissues immediately;
Keep at a 1.5-meter distance from anyone who is sick, sneezing, or coughing;
Stay home if you feel unwell (e.g., constantly sneezing or coughing); keep away from the crowd; avoid mixing with other people;
In case you feel sick (e.g., have a fever or difficulty breathing), seek medical care early, and share your travel history with your doctor;
Avoid unnecessary contact with animals; wash hands after contact with animals or animal products;
Ensure that animal products have been thoroughly cooked before consumed;
Masks and personal protection equipment are recommended for healthcare workers and other people dealing with infected people and for those who are infected;
Don't forget to exercise regularly to maintain body and mental health;
Stay updated on the coronavirus since what's known might change.
How's Nemesis Protection Global LLC responding to the coronavirus crisis?
In the midst of the current global health crisis over the novel coronavirus, Nemesis Protection Global LLC continues to support the critical functions of our customers by providing protective and investigative services worldwide. Our teams have completed many projects amid the crisis so far—ranging from emergency evacuation to close protection to secure transportation; however, we are always committed to the health and safety of our clientele and staff; therefore, our company adheres to the health and safety procedures and best practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Through this challenging and difficult time, we are re-emphasizing what's most important: our clients and our team members. Therefore, if you have any security needs, get in touch with our team today to find out how our professional approach and optimal solutions enable your safety and security of your business and assets anywhere, anytime.