On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic, as the disease affected more than 120,000 million people around the globe. The governments across the world are preparing for the lockdown today, as it is considered best practice in this type of contagious disease. Meanwhile, almost 165,000 people have been died till date, since the disease outbroke in the province of Wuhan in China.
Before jumping into the statistics, let’s have a brief look at what exactly is a coronavirus and how did it spread.
What exactly is the CoronaVirus?
Corona Virus is closely related to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which first originated in 2002 and infected almost 8000 people. The virus was controlled at that time because most of the people were severely ill, so they got admitted to hospitals resulting in lesser infections. Similarly, Corona Virus has one more type, namely Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MARS), cases of which are being reported periodically around the globe.
The virus which emerged this time is different from the previous viruses in some senses. Mainly, this is due to the fact that the symptoms of this disease are mild and many people having this disease do not show any sign until 14 days. This thing makes it difficult to control the virus as the infected people spread it rapidly.
How did the virus emerge?
This virus first emerged in Wuhan, China. The epicenter is the wet market in Wuhan which sells both live and dead animals. The animals are so densely populated in these markets that it is very easy for the animal-borne diseases to get spread from one animal to another. Bats are often considered as the source of many diseases including the Ebola Virus, HIV, rabies and most significantly Corona Virus.
How dangerous is the situation?
Now, as the numbers are increasing exponentially, we have brought some facts to give you an idea about the gravity of the situation.
As of today, April 19, 2020, almost 2,400,000 people have been infected.
The distribution of infected people around the globe is majorly categorized by the given pie-chart.
Meanwhile, developing countries around the globe are struggling to make effective measures as they have a lack of medical facilities. The said disease can be an all-out game for the developing countries of Africa and Asia where prevailing food shortages are already disturbing the peace of the regions.
Corona is rising exponentially, and it is one of the most dangerous signs which should worry the world leaders now, to say the least. The following data can clearly show that if this pandemic outbreaks on an even larger scale, it can push the world into chaos.
And the chart for deaths look like this
What lies ahead?
What lies ahead is still a mystery, but this is one of the severe challenges which the world could face. The scientists have already said that the preparation of the vaccine can take one and a half year. This situation suggests that the virus is not going anywhere in the near future. Yet, some precautionary measures can certainly help the world to contain the virus. The economies around the countries are having a major set back which is causing unemployment for millions of people.
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WHO has issued some preventive measures which can be adopted to reduce the effectiveness of the virus. The guidelines are as follow.
- Practice social distancing to the maximum possible limit.
- Report to doctors if you feel any of the symptoms of the disease.
- Wash your hands frequently with the soap.
- Use sanitizers to protect yourself against germs.
- Try not to touch your face as the germs enter the body via nose, mouth and eyes.
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By adopting the mentioned measures, the catastrophe can undoubtedly be avoided. The human race has defeated numerous challenges and pandemics in the past, and this too shall pass. All we need to do at the individual levels is to practice the guidelines to play our bit in containing the virus.