Coronavirus (COVID-19) has become the number one subject in print, electronics, and social media in the past few months. It is been classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO), due to its global impact and the devastating effect it has had on the entire world. As of today, the 10th of May 2020, the total number of deaths globally, has risen to 279,000, while the number of confirmed cases stood at 4.02Million. A total of 1.38 Million people have gladly recovered from the virus.
What is Coronavirus?
It is a novel virus that is infectious. One significant fact about the virus is that it affects the respiratory system, which includes your lungs and airway, making it difficult for those infected to breathe properly. Patients infected with the virus are usually aided with ventilators. Some symptoms of the virus include high temperature and dry and persistent coughing. Scientist says the virus can incubate in the human body for up to 2 weeks.
Origin of Coronavirus
It all started November last year, in the famous Wuhan seafood market, in China. It is believed to have come from bats that were sold in the market. Unfortunately, it took a while before the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced the first case of the virus in China. That announcement came on the 31st of December 2019. The seafood market in Wuhan was thereafter closed, but the damage had already been done as the virus had spread to other countries.
Issues became a bit hostile when the American president during one of his briefings in March called Coronavirus the Chinese virus. He claimed China knew about it before it escalated and that they should have reacted faster to stop its spread.
Any hope of getting a vaccine soon?
The race to get a vaccine is still on in different parts of the world. The truth, however, according to medical experts is that it will take approximately 10-15 years to normally produce a vaccine. However, this process can be fast-tracked to between 3 to 6 months at most.
What is the process involved in producing a vaccine
- Basic understanding of the virus
- Vaccine candidates
- Pre-clinical testing to be carried out on animals
- Clinical trials to be carried out on humans
- Regulatory approvals
it is undoubtedly a meticulous process, but as the world awaits some good news about the production of a vaccine to combat this dreaded virus, the lockdown has been put in place in virtually all countries affected by this pandemic. The situation has grounded all sporting and social activities and only essential workers are been allowed to go to work.
Some safety tips
- Stay at home and only travel when it is very essential
- Maintain social distancing of 2 meters apart when you go out for shopping or while with others.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds regularly or use hand sanitizer
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough
- Wash your hands before and after touching food items at home
For now, the Coronavirus figures have seemingly peaked in most countries and there are plans to relax the lockdown in France, Italy, and even the UK in the coming days. Hopefully, the worse of the pandemic has passed, and things will start picking up in most countries where there has been complete chaos as a result of the novel virus.