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Coronavirus Brings China to its Knees

By Outworkerpost Support  1 year, 9 months ago

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China, on its knees as Coronavirus, exposes low-quality healthcare that has, for a long time, been a burden to the Chinese people.

The Chinese government has failed its citizen, and the coronavirus outbreak has opened China to the rest of the world to see what is going on within the boundaries of the most significant donor and creditor. The Coronavirus outbreak is testing the Chinese health care system. According to a report published in the New York Times, several patients who visited the hospital with symptoms resembling those of Coronavirus were turned away without treatment. The patients were asked to buy a bunch of medicine and only come back once the symptoms persisted.

Coronavirus belongs to a large virus family that causes diseases such as common cold, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV), and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). Coronaviruses are mostly zoonotic, which means that they can be transmitted to people from animals. For example, MERS-CoV is transmitted from dromedary camels to humans, and SARS-Cov is transmitted from civet cats to humans. MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have been known to cause severe symptoms frequently. MERS symptoms usually include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, which often progress to pneumonia. About 3 or 4 out of every ten patients reported with MERS have died. MERS cases continue to occur, primarily in the Arabian Peninsula. SARS symptoms often included fever, chills, and body aches, which usually progressed to pneumonia. No human cases of SARS have been reported anywhere in the world since 2004. The novel coronavirus is a new strain reported in Wahun China in December 2019. The name Covid 19 (The Co stands for corona, the VI for virus and the D for disease, and 19 standing for 2019, the year the first cases were seen).

Common human coronaviruses

Common human coronaviruses, including types 229E, NL63, OC43, and HKU1, usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. Most people get infected with these viruses at some point in their lives. These illnesses usually only last for a short amount of time.

Symptoms and Diagnosis. 

·         Runny nose

  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • A general feeling of being unwell

Human coronaviruses can sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. This is more common in people with cardiopulmonary disease, people with weakened immune systems, infants, and older adults. The incubation period — the time from exposure to the onset of symptoms — is believed to be about two weeks.

Diagnosis

Your healthcare provider may order laboratory tests on respiratory specimens and serum (part of your blood) to detect human coronaviruses. Laboratory testing is more likely to be used if you have severe disease or are suspected of having MERS.

 

If you are experiencing symptoms, you should tell your healthcare provider about any recent travel or contact with animals. Most MERS-CoV infections have been reported from countries in the Arabian Peninsula. Therefore, reporting a travel history or contact with camels or camel products is very important when trying to diagnose MERS

Little is known about who is most at risk. Some of the nine patients who have died also suffered other illnesses.

For such a deadly disease, unfortunately, the Chinese government is underreporting the spread of the disease and the number of people who are ill with the virus. The irony is that China is known to ship medical aid to third world countries, but when it comes to its people, the influx of sick people is forcing hospitals to turn away patients due to lack of funds (2020/01/23, New York times). While the Chinese people's memory of the cover-up for the SARS outbreak in 2003 is still fresh, it is only fair that the government keeps them informed.

By the time we were publishing this article, Wuhan and Huanggang cities were on lockdown.

Summary about covid-19

How does coronavirus spread? It spreads through droplets that an infected person releases when they cough or sneeze. Even though the droplets are not airborne and fall a few feet, they can stay in the air or be carried by the wind, making it essential to maintain social distance and wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose.

How did covid-19 spread to humans? According to the early hypothesis, it was linked to seafood, but research on the facts shows that the first individual report case had no contact with the seafood. Thus no link to seafood. 

What is the incubation period? For covid-19, the symptoms take between 2 to 14 days after exposure to appear.

How is covid-19 treated? Because there is no treatment for viruses, supportive measures are used to manage covid-19. In other words, doctors only treat symptoms when it comes to covid-19. Covid-19 can cause death, especially for people with weakened immunity.