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Learn more about the coronavirus crisis, how it has started, what measures the one can take to avoid the infection, and other relevant info.
The Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease
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.
Unfortunately, coronavirus has become a new global emergency as the virus has been transmitting easily and rapidly—spreading globally—infecting over 30,697,825 people, and killing more than 956,450 so far worldwide. As a result of fast transmission, the WHO (World Health Organization) declared a global pandemic on March 12, 2020.
What's the Coronavirus?
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.
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.
The Covid-19 outbreak possesses a big challenge for all countries; it is too soon to speak about the coronavirus consequences as it's feared that the crisis hasn't yet reached its full strength and potential both in terms of financial and life losses. Anyway, the virus continues to induce governments to impose drastic and extraordinary measures to defuse a global health crisis. Therefore, many countries have proclaimed a state of emergency; declared a countrywide lockdown; announced a mandatory quarantine for anyone entering the country; suspended international flights; introduced travel restrictions to try to contain the virus's spread. These extreme measures have caused many protests worldwide since some people believe that measures are oppressive and not commensurate with the threat of infection.
Speaking of the world economy, although the coronavirus has shaken the global economies, it could take a few months to fully see the aftermath of the crisis; there have already been dramatic shifts and continued volatility in stock markets, affecting investments. Global trade is facing a reduction since China—the world's largest exporter of goods—has decreased activities to try to contain the spread of Covid-19. Also, the travel industry has been massively impacted since suspended flights and canceled business trips and vacations. Likewise, many other businesses requiring international travel are suffering. As a result, many projects are put on hold or failed and people's jobs are affected, causing greater anxiety over an already chaotic situation. Some experts say that the global recession is inevitable.
Also, one of the social concerns is fear and panic among people. Although experts and authorities urge the population not to panic, there is a trend with consumers around the world, stockpiling goods like hand sanitizer, canned foods, and toilet paper; it all reminds of movies on the apocalypse. Needless to say that it is an overreaction probably caused by some headlines of the world's media lately. Anyway, rest assured, there is no need for panic buying nor fear since not all is so bad. Keep in mind that there have been reported cases of over 22,339,980 recovered from the disease.
The bottom line, it is crucial to stay positive and calm, use your common sense, and be socially responsible; also, do not share false information about the infection, take care of your health to protect yourself and others, and stay informed about coronavirus. In case you are looking for a reliable way to ensure all-around protection for you, your business, and assets, Nemesis Protection Global LLC can help you since our company continues to support the critical functions of our customers by providing protective and investigative services in this complex situation and hard time. We always adhere to health procedures and best practices preventing virus spread and to protect our clients, personnel, and others. For more info, get in touch at email@example.com.
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