What is up with Coronavirus?

Hello guys, these days there is a frenzy with Coronavirus. Many people have contracted this disease and some of them have died. Lots of sites are spreading falsehoods and panic, in order to get some clicks. But what is up with this thing? How much truth is there to the rantings of several people? Let’s have a look at some facts.

About two months ago, there were many reported cases of pneumonia in the Chinese city Wuhan. It was later discovered that, this thing was caused by a new strain of Coronavirus, that was never encountered before by the human species. Humanity had come in contact with other types of this microbe in the past. One of these cases was the  SARS – Cov, which had caused a pandemic that had infected more than 8000 people (Source: World health organization https://www.who.int/ith/diseases/sars/en/ ). The new Coronavirus has been officially named SARS-CoV-2 . It is believed that the consumption of bats has been the source of this outbreak, since they found traces of this virus in a bat soup (This is a delicacy in China btw).

The city of Wuhan, which has the size of London

So far, there are 79,773 confirmed cases of this disease and 2,628 deaths. This means that the mortality rate of this virus is about 3.2 % (Source Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019%E2%80%9320_coronavirus_outbreak). The people that are in danger are the ones that have chronic diseases and the ones that are really old. Most of the people that have died so far, belonged to these two groups. As you can understand a 3.2 rate is very low and it doesn’t justify all this frenzy that exists on the internet. News sites are going to great lengths just to get some publicity ,which is kind of sad. To sum up of all this is that, the ones that are directly threatened by this germ are the ones that are sensitive to this type of disease.

Several asian dishes

However, people are still afraid of this virus. Many Asian restaurants have seen their businesses to decline, because people believe that their food might be contaminated with this microbe. I happen to eat a lot of Asian food and I have actually wondered myself, if I can eat that stuff safely. However, you’re not likely to get sick by eating these foods, because most of them are cooked (Of course this doesn’t rule out the possibility to get the coronavirus this way). According to scientists, if the food has been properly cooked and handled, the germs in it will die. Probably, the only types of food that are in danger are the ones that are raw, such as sushi etc. If you still want to eat Asian food and be cautious at the same time, you could at least avoid eating uncooked stuff.

In addition, people avoid ordering things from China too, because they afraid that they could get the virus like this. According to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.htmlThere is still a lot that is unknown about the newly emerged COVID-19 and how it spreads. Two other coronaviruses have emerged previously to cause severe illness in people (MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV). The virus that causes COVID-19 is more genetically related to SARS-CoV than MERS-CoV, but both are betacoronaviruses with their origins in bats. While we don’t know for sure that this virus will behave the same way as SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, we can use the information gained from both of these earlier coronaviruses to guide us.

In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods. Information will be provided on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website as it becomes available.” (Source https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html)

As you can see, even though the experts believe that there is a very low risk of contracting the virus from packages, the Chinese Economy has been severely damaged because of this pandemic.

These were some facts about this strain of virus. I did this because the air had to be cleared from all the misinformation and the panic that exists on the web. I hope you found this article helpful. Ciao bambinos!

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