THE 2019-nCoV SO FAR
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV was first observed in Wuhan, China late-December 2019. So far, it has infected 570 people with 17 people dead, while fears of its spread alerted international entryways.
Airports, train stations, and seaports have been on high alert due to the worldwide celebrations of the lunar new year. The virus has been confirmed in nine other countries: Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, and the US.
Symptoms of the 2019-nCoV include:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Difficulty breathing
The origins of the 2019-nCoV was suspected to have been transmitted from wild animals to humans, though nothing has been confirmed or substantiated. Human to human transmission however has been documented and confirmed. The 2019-nCoV can be transmitted through:
- Contact with mouth, eyes, and nose;
- And very rarely, fecal contamination
The spreading of 2019-nCoV is very preventable. Medical experts recommend standard practices anti-bacterial practices like:
- Handwashing with antibacterial soap for at least 20 seconds, then rinsing thoroughly with running water.
- Avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with sick.
- Do not travel if sick;
- and avoid crowds, if it is unavoidable use facemasks.
2019-nCoV is a worse threat to people with weakened immune systems. So far, all deaths concerning the disease have been with people who had pre-existing medical conditions.
No vaccine currently exists for the 2019-nCoV. If you suspect that you are infected, do not self-medicate. Stay hydrated and stay at home. If fevers persist for more than 48 hours, consult a doctor.