Should we be worried about Coronavirus?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, you’ll know that this new decade has had a bit of a dramatic start. Australia is on fire, there were brief scares of a third world war and to top it off there is a new type of coronavirus causing havoc in China.
I’ve seen a lot of media scare-mongering that puts people under the impression it’s the end of the word. Well, fortunately that’s not likely to be the case, and there will be no World War Z of sorts. The purpose of this article is to try get rid of any fear caused by the media and just put out there what we actually know.
Don’t use this article as a citation for anything though. We’re finding out more as we go along, and this could quickly be outdated.
What actually is coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a family of viruses that comes from animals, and this new coronavirus hasn’t been encountered before which is why it’s a big deal.
Where did it start?
The Chinese city of Wuhan is home to the Huanan seafood wholesale market which sells live and newly slaughtered animals. Many people that were initially infected were regulars to this market or worked there.
What are its symptoms?
Since the virus causes pneumonia, those who have been infected suffer coughs, fevers and breathing difficulties. In severe cases there has been organ failure. Since it’s viral pneumonia, antibiotics don’t work and those admitted to hospital are given support for their lungs and other organs as well as fluids if necessary.
Initially it wasn’t though the virus couldn’t spread from person to person, but it is now thought that it can. Symptoms may not show on those infected straight away which is what allows it to spread.
Is there a cure?
Not yet. As mentioned before, antibiotics have no effect. Currently, recovery time is just down to the immunity system. Most people that have died to it though already had a poor immunity system. So far, the virus has hit the elderly the hardest, but young children are also at a larger risk.
When should I visit a doctor?
If you have visited mainland China, Japan, Thailand, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last few weeks and feel you’re suffering a cough or breathing difficulties, you should stay in doors and call NHS 111. Even if symptoms are only mild, it’s best to be safe and the NHS can advise you.
How deadly is it?
As mentioned earlier, it’s those with a weakened immunity system that need to be more careful. Also if you suffer the likes of asthma then you just need to take extra care. Statistics are changing a lot at the moment but so far the mortality rate is 2%. It’s worth noting though that most fatalities are people who were already in poor health.
Should I be worried?
While it’s a bit worrying when it spreads to different countries, experts are saying it’s not unexpected. Do your best to stay sanitised and carry on as normal. Sneeze into your elbows, wash your hands, the usual. If you genuinely have concerns for yourself or others, call NHS 111 for advice.
It’s hard to stay on top of the facts while everything is developing, but for now you don’t need to be worried. The disease is bad in China but there’s a lot of factors that could possibly be contributing to that such as their sanitation and there are a LOT of people bundled together in single cities – allowing the virus to spread easier.
If there’s any new important developments, we’ll be sure to include them here. Also, if you spot anything here that is severely outdated or incorrect, PLEASE let us know so we can correct it. We have absolutely no intention of spreading false news.
You can read more here: The Guardian