Corona virus – what you need to do to save your life
The recent out break of corona virus in China has been described as a tragedy of epic proportions. It is worse than both SARS. This SARS is different from the popular Special Anti – Robbery Squad in Nigeria, which has been notorious for illegal killings and sundry human rights abuses. This SARS is the acronym for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. and the EBOLA hemorrhagic fever combined.
The corona virus
It is believed to have emerged from illegally traded wildlife at a seafood market in Wuhan. Although bats and possibly snakes have been named in recent research from China as a possible source of the virus.
According to Aljazeera, the reported death toll has reached over 420 globally, while over 20,000 persons have been infected. Yet, we are still counting. Beyond the walls of China, we have started hearing reports of death. Two deaths have now been reported outside China, the first being a 44-year-old man from the Philippines, the latest being the 39-year-old Hong Kong resident, who recently returned from Wuhan in China’s Hubei province.
The virus has spread to at least 26 countries, including China. In Africa, Botswana has reported five suspected cases of the corona virus. There was a report in the media of a case of corona virus in Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria but the Lagos State Commissioner of Health, Professor Akin Abayomi has denied the report as being untrue. But there is no denying the fact that Nigeria currently has an outbreak of Lassa fever, another virus – caused hemorrhagic fever, which has claimed over 24 lives.
Port Health Officials in Lagos, Nigeria
WHERE IS THE TRUTH?
The question being asked by knowledgeable observers and public health experts is “Is China telling the world the truth, the whole truth on about this pandemic”? According to Aljazeera, China admitted “shortcomings and difficulties” in its response to the flu – like infection.
Also reported in www.verge.com
China lied to the WHO about SARS. Are they lying about this, too?
During the SARS outbreak, Chinese officials attempted to conceal cases from WHO inspectors and limit information, both internally and externally. This time, officials quickly reported the outbreak of the new virus to the WHO, which praised their quick response and transparency in a press conference. China is also allowing a team of WHO experts to assist Chinese public health officials with the ongoing work, the organization announced January 28th.
The US Department of Health and Human Services also said China has been more transparent than they were with SARS. “The Chinese government’s level of cooperation is completely different from what we experienced in 2003,” said department Secretary Alex Azar during a press conference.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS AND HOW DOES IT SPREAD?
Patients have reported symptoms similar to those associated with pneumonia, such as fever, coughing, chills, headache, difficulty breathing, and a sore throat.
The virus can be transmitted between people through respiratory droplets such as saliva or mucus. It can be passed before a person shows symptoms .
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO SAVE YOUR LIFE?
The World Health Organization’s official advice for the public on the new coronavirus suggests that you should avoid eating “raw or undercooked animal products”.
There is currently no vaccine against the virus but standard recommendations to prevent infections apply.
- Regular hand washing
- Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing or, failing that, with the crook of your arm
- Thoroughly cooking meat and eggs
- Avoiding close contact with anyone showing symptoms of a respiratory illness, such as coughing or fever