Chinese Pandemic Coronavirus is Raging out of Control

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Time sure fly’s. Just yesterday it was 1969. Now it’s 2020 Chinese New Year is here in the year of the rat. Well it seems like the New Year is also bringing a Chinese Pandemic Coronavirus is Raging out of Control. As of this writing January 25th 2020 there are more than 1,280 infected. 18 cities are in lock down as officials try to stem spread of the virus which has reached Europe, the US and Australia. It looks like we have a full blown pandemic rapidly spreading.

America has ordered all citizens in China to leave immediately. Panic is spreading across the world as the pandemic grows. Symptoms of coronavirus may not manifest for a week after contracting the virus.It is still unclear how the virus spreads making it even more dangerous. Elderly people with pre-existing health conditions are at greater risk of the virus and should take precautions.

Chinese Pandemic Coronavirus is Raging out of Control

Coronavirus how now spread to Hong kong with 5 reported known cases of the deadly virus. The current outbreak is understood to be a new strain of Coronavirus. Previously found in humans makes the virus even more dangerous. It can be transmitted between humans and animals, making it very difficult to contain.

In older people such as us Zoomers the disease can be fatal. Younger people have more resilience making it less dangerous to them. Usually a younger person will not die but only get extremely ill. Flue or cold like symptoms should be taken note of. Hospitals around China are being overrun with people wanting to be tested. Temporary shelters are being built around the country to support the overflow of victims contracting the virus.

No Known Cure

There are no specific treatments for coronavirus infections. Most younger people will recover on their own. Treatment involves rest and medication to relieve symptoms. A humidifier or hot shower can help to relieve a sore throat and cough. The virus can cause pneumonia and bronchitis. Proper prevention is the best cure by washing hands and wearing a mask.

Coronavirus was confirmed on Jan. 21 in a man in Washington state who had recently traveled to Wuhan. A 2nd second case in a woman from Chicago who had also recently traveled to the Chinese city has been reported. Both cases were hospitalized, but are recovering well and no deaths have been reported yet.

How do you catch the Virus

How one would catch the virus, the CDC says that human coronaviruses are most commonly spread between an infected person and others via: 

—the air (from viral particles from a cough or sneeze); 

—close personal contact (touching or shaking hands); 

—an object or surface with viral particles on it (then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands);

 —and rarely from fecal contamination.

Things to Know

How would this virus cause a pandemic?

In order for this virus, or any, to lead to a pandemic in humans, it needs to do three things: efficiently infect humans, replicate in humans and then spreadeasily among humans, Live Science previously reported. Right now, the CDC is saying this virus passes between humans in a limited manner, but they are still investigating.

How does the virus compare to SARS and MERS?

MERS and SARS have both been known to cause severe symptoms in people. It’s unclear how the new coronavirus will compare in severity, as it has caused severe symptoms and death in some patients while causing only mild illness in others, according to the CDC. All three of the coronaviruses can be transmitted between humans through close contact. 

MERS, which was transmitted from touching infected camels or consuming their meat or milk, was first reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia and has mostly been contained in the Arabian Peninsula, according to NPR. SARS was first reported in 2002 in southern China (no new cases have been reported since 2004) and is thought to have spread from bats that infected civets. The new coronavirus was likely transmitted from touching or eating an infected animal in Wuhan. 

During the SARS outbreak, the virus killed about 1 in 10 people who were infected. The death rate from 2019-nCoV isn’t yet known, although most of the patients who have died from the infection have been older than 60 and have had preexisting conditions. However, more recently, a young healthy man died in Wuhan, raising concern that the virus might be more dangerous than thought, according to The Washington Post.

What are the symptoms of the new coronavirus and how do you treat it?

Symptoms of the new coronavirus include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. These symptoms are similar to those caused by SARS, according to a recent study published in the journal The Lancet.

Despite sharing some symptoms that were similar to SARS, there “are some important differences,” such as the absence of upper respiratory tract symptoms like runny nose, sneezing and sore throat and intestinal symptoms like diarrhea, which affected 20% to 25% of SARS patients, lead author Bin Cao, from the China-Japan Friendship Hospital and the Capital Medical University, both in Beijing, said in a statement. 

There are no specific treatments for coronavirus infections and most people will recover on their own, according to the CDC. So treatment involves rest and medication to relieve symptoms. A humidifier or hot shower can help to relieve a sore throat and cough. If you are mildly sick, you should drink a lot of fluids and rest but if you are worried about your symptoms, you should see a healthcare provider, they wrote. (This is advice for all coronaviruses, not specifically aimed toward the new virus).

There is no vaccine for the new coronavirus but researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health confirmed they were in preliminary stages of developing one. In addition, the drug company Regeneron announced that it is in the early stages of developing a treatment for this virus, according to NBC News

What is being done to stop the spread of the coronavirus?

The Chinese government has stopped most of the travel to and from Wuhan as well as 12 other nearby cities, according to The New York Times. This “lockdown” affects about 35 million people, the Times reported.

Major airports in the U.S. are conducting screenings to make sure incoming passengers aren’t infected. However, U.S. officials said on Friday (Jan. 24) that they are currently reevaluating the effectiveness of this screening. 

The CDC also recommends avoiding nonessential travel to Wuhan.

What do we expect in the coming days?

Looking at what happened with MERS and SARS, it’s likely that some spread of the virus from close contact between humans will continue to occur, according to CDC. More cases — possibly including some in the U.S. — will likely be identified in the coming days.

How can people protect themselves and others?

If traveling to Wuhan, you should avoid contact with sick people, avoid dead or alive animals, animal markets or products that come from animals such as uncooked meat, according to the CDC. You should often wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, they wrote. If you are infected by the virus you can take steps to help avoid transmitting it to others such as isolating yourself at home, separating yourself from other people in the house, wearing a face mask, covering your coughs and sneezes and washing your hands,according to the CDC

People who traveled to Wuhan and became sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing within the following two weeks should seek medical care right away, and call ahead to inform medical staff about their recent travel