The new coronavirus (Covid-19) is spreading fast. More than 381,000 people are known to be infected and over 16,500 deaths have been recorded.
While the outbreak started in China, the bulk of cases and fatalities are now outside the country and the virus is spreading internationally.
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause disease in animals. Seven, including the new virus, have made the jump to humans, but most just cause cold-like symptoms.
December last year, Chinese authorities alerted the W.H.O of an outbreak of the novel strain of Coronavirus,subsequently named SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19.
So far, around 20 per cent of confirmed cases have been classed as severe or critical. So far, around 15 to 20 per cent of hospital cases have been classed as “severe” and the current death rate varies between 0.7 per cent and 3.4 per cent depending on the location and, crucially, access to good hospital care.
According to the WHO, the most common symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, tiredness and a dry cough. Some patients may also have a runny nose, sore throat, nasal congestion and aches and pains or diarrhoea. About 80% of people who get Covid-19 experience a mild case – about as serious as a regular cold – and recover without needing any special treatment.
About one in six people, the WHO says, become seriously ill. The elderly and people with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, or chronic respiratory conditions, are at a greater risk of serious illness from Covid-19.
As this is viral pneumonia, antibiotics are of no use. The antiviral drugs we have against flu will not work, and there is currently no vaccine. Recovery depends on the strength of the immune system.
It is impossible to say which way the disease will go but, on its current trajectory, it is likely to spread to more countries, affecting many more people. The number of cases is beginning to decrease in China but is climbing in the rest of the world.
Earlier this month Kadnetworks was able to distribute face mask, locally-made hand sanitizers and awareness educating the general public on how to contain the widespread of the novel strain of corona virus.
We call on individuals, private sectors and government to support this initiatives. This is a collective responsibility. Based on available resources, we’ll continue to provide locally-made hand sanitizer.
Our target basically is for people in the rural areas who cannot read, and don’t have access to information. We intend to translate what they need to know about the novel strain of corona virus in print, short video clips on how CONVID-19 can be address and contained