When I heard the first case of the novel coronavirus disease, named COVID-19 tested positive in Lagos, I panicked (I’m sure this was the case for most people that saw the news), It was still trending at about 3AM on twitterNG.
I was scared for myself, my family, friends and for Nigeria as a whole because how do we cope in this country… how? One thing was for sure, if we could handle Ebola, then we can handle it right?
Had to start reading about it, the fatality rate, survival, symptoms and preventive measure of the COVID-19 again to refresh my memory.
The purpose of this this article is to let you know that amidst the panic and death rate we keep seeing in the media, there are also high number of those in recovery.
Confirmed Cases and Deaths by Country, Territory, or Conveyance as at 02-03-2020
The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 70 countries and territories around the world and 1 international conveyance (the Diamond Princess Cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan).
Some cases have recovered from the infection.
and some have had an outcome (there are no active cases).
Concerns are mounting about how long the novel coronavirus may survive on surfaces — so much so that China’s central bank has taken measures to deep clean and destroy its cash, which changes hands multiple times a day, in an effort to contain the virus.
It is unknown exactly how long the novel coronavirus can linger on contaminated surfaces and objects with the potential of infecting people, but some researchers are finding clues by studying the elusive behaviors of other coronaviruses.
Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses common among animals. In rare cases, they are what scientists call zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC has noted that coronaviruses are thought to spread most often by respiratory droplets, such as droplets in a cough or sneeze, and coronaviruses in general have “poor survivability” on surfaces — but there is still much to learn about the novel coronavirus disease, named COVID-19.
“It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads,” according to the CDC’s website.
“It also appears that COVID-19 is not as deadly as other coronaviruses, including SARS and MERS,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, said during a media briefing with reporters Monday.
“More than 80% of patients have mild disease and will recover. In about 14% of cases, the virus causes severe diseases including pneumonia and shortness of breath. And about 5% of patients have critical diseases including respiratory failure, septic shock and multiorgan failure,” he said. “In 2% of reported cases, the virus is fatal, and the risk of death increases the older you are. We see relatively few cases among children. More research is needed to understand why.”
The Novel viruses spread much more quickly through a population.
Recommendations would be frequent hand-washing, avoiding contact with people who are sick, follow home quarantine recommendations according to the latest public health agency guidelines if you have recently traveled from China or were in contact with a known or suspected infected patient.
Also, read more about it and remain alert.
Despite the number of infections reaching almost 75,000 on Wednesday, some reassuring news is finally emerging out of China – says a growing number of people can and do survive the illness.
On Monday, the World Health Organization chief, Tedros Adhanom, had also said that based on Chinese medical data, four out of five patients in mainland China have only mild symptoms and are expected to recover.
Remember, regular washing of hands and avoid touchy touchy of the mouth, nose and eyes.