What are Coronaviruses? Coronaviridae commonly referred to as Coronaviruses are large group viruses which are...
What are Coronaviruses?
Coronaviridae commonly referred to as Coronaviruses are large group viruses which are zoonotic meaning that they can transfer between birds and mammals. The 2002-04 SARS outbreak was caused by a type of Coronavirus and the 2015-18 MERS outbreak was caused by yet another type of Coronavirus as well. Coronaviruses can induce several symptoms like respiratory problems, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death. The infamous Coronavirus disease(COVID-19) we know is caused by a new strain of the virus from the same family.
Where is the epicenter of the virus?
The virus is thought to have originated from the city of Wuhan in the Hubei province, China. To pinpoint the exact point of transmission, experts look towards the open sea market in Wuhan. It is said to have transmitted via physical contact with the virus and not through its ingestion.
What is the number of victims?
As of now, 102,262 Coronavirus cases have been encountered worldwide which include 3,497 deaths, 57,660 recoveries, and 41,105 active cases. Out of the 41,105 patients who are currently infected, 34,952 (85%) of them are in a mild condition while 6,153 (15%) of them are serious or critical.
How many countries are affected by Corona?
According to the latest statistics, the coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting 97 countries and territories around the world and 1 international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harbored in Yokohama, Japan).
Is Nepal safe from Coronavirus?
Till date, no cases of Coronavirus victims have been found in Nepal but the chances are high as Nepal is a small neighboring country to China. The government in Nepal has strictly banned on-arrival visas for travelers from countries with cases of Corona infection. People are being quarantined and monitored to stay on the safe side. Let’s be hopeful that the lethal virus does not enter this small nation.
The scientific name of Coronavirus
Viruses and diseases are two different things. For instance, Chickenpox is caused by the virus Varicella Zoster. Similarly, COVID-19 is the name of the disease while severe acute respiratory syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the name of the virus that causes it. Please check this link for New Corona Virus Live Update
Current situation of corona outbreak country-wise
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Is there any medicine for corona?
No exact cure has been discovered for this Coronavirus, and treatments are based on the same kind of care given to patients suffering from influenza (seasonal flu) and other acute respiratory illnesses, known as “supportive care,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These treatments are all old methods used to treat the symptoms. As mentioned earlier, fever, cough, and shortness of breath are the symptoms of the COVID-19; doctors and health professionals simply treat these symptoms individually and in some cases in totality. In mild cases, this might simply mean rest and fever-reducing medications such as ibuprofen. Experts worldwide have been trying to create vaccines as well but to no avail.
When are we likely to overcome the virus?
This is a question which doesn’t have a very solid answer. Scientists are working day and night to find a cure for the disease. Governments and citizens around the globe are paying the utmost attention so that the spread of the virus is reduced. Developing vaccines is a very complicated process. In a certain vaccine’s development, a minute piece of the virus’s protein is introduced into the human body so that the immune system can understand how a Coronavirus. If a vaccine can tell the immune system to find out and eradicate this protein, the body is simply immune to the virus and can then recover. But this is the hard part; finding the exact immune trigger — and then making sure it is safe enough to use in people. And such a process can take years.