Kenya is currently on alert after a shocking report of a student being isolated at the Kenyatta National Hospital after showing symptoms of the Coronavirus emerged.
The Coronavirus, since its outbreak, has killed more than 100 people in China and has spread into other countries like Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, and the United States.
Here is what you should know about the Coronavirus.
What is Coronavirus?
A coronavirus is a large group of viruses that can cause illnesses as minor as a cold to as serious as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
Where Did it All Begin?
The Coronavirus outbreak began in Wuhan, China, a city of 11 million people. Many of the first reported cases were linked to Hua Nan Seafood Wholesale Market. This large seafood and animal market was closed on New Year’s day for environmental sanitation and disinfection, as reported by the World Health Organization.
How Many People Have Died?
106 people have so far been confirmed dead from the illness based on reports given by Chinese officials. Unofficial reports have suggested there have been more casualties than what the government is claiming.
The first death was reported on January 9th, 2020.
How is it Transmitted?
Coronaviruses are generally known to be transmitted from animals to humans. This new strain of the Wuhan Coronavirus is now being reported to be spread from one human to another.
One hospital in China is reported to have one patient who infected 14 medical workers while receiving treatment. Zhong Nanshan, a scientist at China’s National Health Commission confirmed the human-to-human transmission of the virus.
What Are The Symptoms?
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
Experts warn that this new virus can be transmitted by infected individuals who do not show any symptoms at all.
What Is Being Done To Stop The Spread?
The World Health Organization has determined that the outbreak has not risen to the level of being designated an international public health emergency. Individual countries, however, are taking precautions by deploying public health workers to screen passengers at International Airports.
China has so far closed transportation in and out of Wuhan and 12 other cities. There is a rising concern over millions of people travelling to China to celebrate the Chinese New Year which could potentially see the virus spread even faster.