New Coronavirus Is Spreading All Throughout China
The virus that is vastly spreading throughout china known as Coronavirus 2019-nCoV has been thought to be originated from China’s central city of Wuhan in December. Some researchers reported in the New England Journal of medicine that the first person who had been documented of the virus had shown no signs of any symptoms of the virus. It involved a woman from Shanghai who had traveled to Germany for a business trip from January 19 to January 22 and displayed no signs of the disease whatsoever. The 33-year-old patient became ill with a sore throat, had chills and myalgias on January 24. By the next day, she had returned on her flight back to China and there it was confirmed on Jan 26. that she had been infected with the Coronavirus. The violent outbreak of the Coronavirus in China has killed more than 304 people and 14,380 people are infected and it has spread over to 24 other countries.
Officials can only say that the virus had been transferred from animal to human. And the disease was first detected in late December in Wuhan in people who had visited a local seafood market (named the Hunan seafood market) and an animal market, with mysterious pneumonia cases. Some of the patients were vendors at the market selling chicken, bats, raccoon dogs, cobras, Himalayan palm civets, and wild boars which had raised the suspicion of another zoonotic disease. In a new study, researchers compared 2019-nCoV sequence with those in a library of viral sequences and had found that the most closely related viruses were two coronaviruses that originated in bats. Both of them had shared 88% of the genetic sequence with 2019-nCoV.
Based on these results, 2019-nCov most likely originated in bats, which might have been sold in the animal market. Previously, studies had suggested snakes being the cause of the virus which were sold at the seafood market but some experts stated that it is unclear if coronaviruses can affect snakes.
Previously, MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, which spread in 2012) and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory syndrome) had caused severe symptoms in people. It is yet unclear how the new coronavirus will compare in severity, as it has caused severe symptoms and death in some patients while mild illness in others. These viruses are spread through close contact with humans. SARS in 2002 was thought to be spread by bats that infected civets which had killed 774 people and infected thousands more, and MERS in Saudia Arabia which was transmitted from touching infected camels or consuming their meat or milk which had killed more than 800 people, but the virus had mostly been contained in the Arabian Peninsula, according to NPR.
What are the symptoms of the Coronavirus?
The symptoms of the virus start small with a cold then gradually increase to sore throat, cough, headache, fever, and difficulty in breathing. The NEJM study published on Jan. 29 estimated that averagely people show symptoms about five days after they are infected. The CDC estimated that the symptoms may appear as soon as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Unfortunately, there is no specific cure for the coronavirus and most people will recover on their own. The treatment of the virus includes rest and medication o relieve the symptoms, According to the CDC. A Humidifier or a hot shower can help to relieve a sore throat and cough. If you are mildly sick, you should drink a lot of water and rest but if you are worried about your symptoms, you should see a healthcare professional as soon as possible, said the CDC.