What You Need To Know About The 2019 n-CoV

In late December 2019, the Chinese authorities have found out about the new strain of the Corona Virus known as the 2019 n-CoV. The virus is also dubbed as the Wuhan Corona Virus based on its origin. The virus is from the same family of viruses causing the common cold, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Many of the first infected patients hailed from Wuhan, a city in Central China.

Over the weeks, news has confirmed several cases about the identified virus, now more known as the Wuhan Novel Coronavirus, also 2019-nCoV. People are scared about their safety and health as terrorizing news of the spread of illness is now unstoppable.

So what do we really know about the disease, and how do we fight it off?

Symptoms related to 2019 nCoV infection

The infection passes from human-to-human interaction and may cause the following symptoms:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath  
In severe cases, it may cause:
  • Pneumonia
  • Severe acute respiratory diseases
  • Kidney failure 
  • Death

How do we prevent the spread of the 2019 n-CoV

DOH advised the following measures to prevent the spread of illness:

Regular hand-washing

It is essential to always wash your hands properly, as there are too many viruses that can transfer simply by touching another person. It is good to wash with soap, rinse properly, and dry your hands with a clean towel. 

Avoid contact with animals

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that viruses are common among animals and can evolve and spread to humans. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, and they are common in different species of animals, like camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Although it may be rare, animal coronaviruses can infect people, much like with MERS and SARS.

Areas such as farms, live animal markets including fish and seafood markets, and animal slaughterhouses.

If you come in contact with any animals, it is advised to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Wash and sanitize your hands after contact with live or dead animals.

Delay flights and travel plans until the virus is more contained

WHO is closely monitoring the situation, and as the number of cases is getting higher, it is recommended if it is possible to delay your travel plans until the virus is much more contained. There are already several areas in China that are locked down to ramp up quarantine efforts, while there are other countries with few confirmed cases already.

The emergence of the 2019 n-CoV happened at a time considered as the occasion of the most significant human migration on the planet when people want to go home to celebrate with family or travel to another country as it is the Chinese Lunar New Year.

If there is no travel ban in your country and you are still considering to go to any destination with detected cases of 2019- n-CoV,  then please ensure to keep yourselves protected at all times.

Before traveling, consult with your physicians before traveling with children.  Be more cautious if you are pregnant and if you have a weak immune system.

It is crucial to be in the know, so read about the travel advice from your destination.

Proper food preparation

Raw meat, milk, and innards should be handled with caution to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked food.

Proper washing of hands must be observed before and after handling food.

Eat healthy food and increase water intake

Avoid eating raw and undercooked food, in the Philippines, the Department Of Health (DOH) has already warned about eating raw food and exotic animal food. It is best to load up on healthy food like vegetables and fruits. Also, drinking more fluid is always a good health practice.  So drink up to stay healthy.

Avoid those with colds and cough, and always cover mouth and nose when sneezing

Lastly, be mindful of your environment and be more cautious around sick people.  Please also be more considerate of others when you are sick.  Stay indoors if you are feeling unwell. 

As of press time, it may be noted how easily the virus is spreading between people. In China, especially at Wuhan, which is ground zero where the infection was first detected, the number of cases is increasing within a very fast rate. Reports claim that more than 2,700 people are battling with the Pneumonia-like symptoms of the virus, and there are about 80 killed as of Sunday. Cases in healthcare settings are also highly likely.

As of January 27, 2020, Countries with confirmed cases are Thailand, Hong Kong, The United States, Taiwan, Australia, Macau, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, France, Vietnam, and Nepal.

Most reported cases and deaths are within China. 

The 2019 n-CoV emerged at a time most relevant to the Chinese as they celebrate the Lunar New Year. Some Chinese have canceled party plans and are staying indoors. Let us all hope that the virus spread stops the soonest time possible.

Edited to add:

The Department of Health in the Philippines updated that its 2019-nCoV case tracker revealed that as of January 28, 2020 (12:00), DOH has a record of 27 Patients Under Investigation (PUIs). This is non-confirmatory if the ill patients are infected with the Novel CoV.

Followers from the Philippines may stay tuned through the DOH page. As of January 30, 2020, countries added to the list of those with confirmed cases are Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Germany, Canada, and the Middle East.

As of today, January 30, 2020, DOH has confirmed a case of 2019 n-CoV in the Philippines.

I have not updated this in a while. A lot has happened all over the world, and nCoV19 now COVID19 is already a PANDEMIC.

As of today, March 17, 2020,  In the Philippines, DOH has confirmed an additional 45 cases bringing a total number of 187 cases. The whole Luzon area is in community quarantine.

Elsewhere around the globe, numbers have increased as well, and there have been lockdown measures in different countries.

I hope that the COVID19 ends soon.


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