The Coronavirus epidemic has badly affected a whopping more than 167,300 people, as per the latest official statistics. Till 16 March 2019, at least 6,307 people are reported to have been died out of which 3,094 are beyond the boundaries of mainland China.
The tourism sector in many localities of the country is experiencing a significant decline due to the Coronavirus epidemic (2019-nCoV). Currently, the turnover of most tour operators, restaurants and hotels is falling by 70-80%.
As shown in the map below, a dashboard provides information on the number of confirmed cases worldwide, with details by country. China leads, with currently 63,862 cases out of 64,447. For the moment, outnumbered new cases have been identified in around 136 other countries and territories. Coronavirus Infographics, Visualizations & Useful Resources [Viral]
There are signals on six continents of the ongoing spread of the virus. As advised by the C.D.C., all unnecessary travel throughout most of Europe, and to South Korea, China and Iran should be avoided or postponed. Even more importantly, older and vulnerable Americans should avoid travel to any country.
Although the epidemic is a serious public health problem, most people who get the coronavirus do not get seriously ill and only a small percentage need intensive care. The elderly and those with existing health problems, such as heart or lung disease, are at higher risk.
More than half of those who have been infected have recovered.
US federal health authorities failed to carry out the initial diagnostic tests for the coronavirus, an error that may have increased the risks for the country’s population, where 6 deaths and more than a hundred infections have already been registered, according to The New York Times.
The count of identified coronavirus cases is growing rapidly in the United States. Till March 16, the reported cases of coronavirus sickened have been 3,602 as confirmed by lab tests and 66 deaths, as per a New York times disclosure.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) failed in their first attempt to mass-produce a diagnostic test kit, a discovery made only after authorities sent hundreds of them to state laboratories.
The replacement teams took several weeks and still did not allow state and local laboratories to make the final diagnoses and the CDC imposed strict criteria.
Disclosure of new infections beyond China has augmented, surprisingly surpassing new cases in China since the start of this epidemic. Though the majority of the total cases have been reported from China since the start of the outbreak.
The outbreak is considered to have initiated from seafood and poultry market in Wuhan, a city of 11 million occupancies in central China. The virus has a tendency to spread very easily, more so in limited spaces, making restraint tasks difficult. It is tough to gauge the mortality rate of the virus sickened, but some initial statistics declare the fatality rate at close to 1 percent.
The exact boundaries of the epidemic are difficult to assess. Not all infected people have come under the supervision and few countries, like Singapore, deploy more proactive testing and containment measures as compared to others.
A large number of cases from Europe have been attributed to Italy, a city that boasts one of the world’s largest outbreaks.
At least 15,113 people have been identified as infected as of Friday morning. Italy is the first country most affected in Europe, and the fourth in the world, with more than 150 cases and a death toll amounting to four. But which patients are the most affected by the virus?
According to studies done since the start of Coronavirus, the mortality rate increases with age. People over 80 are the most at risk, with a mortality of 14.8%, but not only.
Patients already suffering from cardiovascular diseases are the most threatened by a fatal outcome, ahead of diabetics or people suffering from chronic respiratory diseases or hypertension.
COVID-19 – Practical Tips on Staying Safe
There is still some ambiguity relating to transmission of the virus, still, there are four factors that likely play a role that is: how close you get or proximity; how long you are near the person or longevity; whether that person emits viral droplets on you or contagiousness; and how often you touch your face.
If your community is affected, you can help to protect others by following some basic steps:
- Where your community is infected or in peril, you can mitigate your risk and play your role to safeguard others by following these simple steps:
- Wash your hands: Thoroughly rub with soap and water for not less than 20 seconds and subsequently dry them with a clean towel or air dry.
- Keep at bay from sick people: As far as possible, try to stay at least six feet away from people exhibiting symptoms of flu or cold, and ensure not to resume duty if you are not well.
- Prepare your family, and discuss plans about evacuations, resources, and supplies: Authorities recommend stocking a minimum of a month’s supply of required prescriptions. Implement the same for food staples, laundry detergent, and diapers, where you have small children.
The epidemic slows down in China but accelerates worldwide
The daily number of new cases registered in the rest of the world has exceeded that of new cases registered in China since February 26. It is now significantly higher: on March 9, there were fewer than 50 new cases of Covid-19, while almost 4,000 new people were infected outside China.
To date, there have been no deaths among children under the age of ten, even though at least two newborn babies have been infected in their mother’s womb in China. Up to the age of 39, the mortality rate remains very low (0.2%). It rises gradually with age.
The same phenomenon is observed when viewing the total number of cases recorded in China and the rest of the world. The latter take off, while the situation in China has largely stabilized since the end of February.
The data collected the World Health Organization (WHO), the European, American and Chinese Centers for Covid-19 Prevention and Control as well as from DXY, a Chinese website that aggregates regional situation reports in China almost in real-time.