An unfortunate pandemic had attacked our nations not long ago. Coronavirus, aka, COVID-19, first emerged in China at the beginning of the year, then has spread to nearly every country in the world like rapid fire. Why is the virus spreading rapidly? And why is it so deadly? We will find out in this blog.
Before diving too deep into the topic, let’s learn about what coronavirus is. Coronavirus is a virus that started late 2019 at a seafood market in Wuhan, China. The animals were the hosts of the virus, spreading and infecting amongst the other animals or and the 11 million people in Wuhan. By the end of January 2020, authorities had enforced transportation restrictions in at least 15 additional cities in Hubei Province. Together, over 57 million people in China have been affected by the quarantines, and later escalated into this world wide pandemic today.
Why is it spreading so fast, you might ask? Take a look at the premise of the setting. The virus didn’t start in a “no man’s land”, it started right in a vast populated city, in a seafood market. Plus, people coming in and out of the market are countless just in one day, and the hygiene of the place is, no doubt, anywhere sanitary. A contagious virus can be spread with just touching or even airborne, nevertheless the virus was also zoonotic, which means it can be carried and spread by animals. The virus also specifically targeted senior citizens. “Covid-19 kills an estimated 13.4% of patients 80 and older, compared to 1.25% of those in their 50s and 0.3% of those in their 40s. The sharpest divide came at age 70. Although 4% of patients in their 60s died, more than twice that, or 8.6%, of those in their 70s did” (statnews.com). Italy is a victim of it, “one factor affecting the country’s death rate may be the age of its population — Italy has the oldest population in Europe, with about 23% of residents 65 or older” (livescience.com)
To why coronavirus is such a deadly disease, here are some of the symptoms: dry cough, shortness of breath, fever, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, or muscle pain. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, which means you might carry the virus unknowingly until a certain period of time, which is why coronavirus is so dangerous. A large percentage of the infected people have been exposed to other infected people previously, and due to lack of hygiene awareness, continue to infect those close to them, such as family members.
To stay safe from the coronavirus, there are a few precautions that can help: wash your hands often, avoid close contact, cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover, etc. This is a war that we all are fighting, we are in this all together, so let’s stay strong and one day soon, quarantine will be over and we will be able to live our normal life again.