SENSITIVE CONTENT The Official Coronavirus Thread

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Welcome to the Coronavirus thread



A thread to share the latest updates and news regarding the coronavirus outbreak. If you have any new information, please post it here.

What is the virus causing illness in Wuhan?

It is a novel coronavirus – a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has come from animals. Many of those infected either worked or frequently shopped in the Huanan seafood wholesale market in the centre of the Chinese city, which also sold live and newly slaughtered animals. New and troubling viruses usually originate in animal hosts. Ebola and flu are other examples.

The virus causes pneumonia. Those who have fallen ill are reported to suffer coughs, fever and breathing difficulties. In severe cases there can be organ failure. As this is viral pneumonia, antibiotics are of no use. The antiviral drugs we have against flu will not work. If people are admitted to hospital, they may get support for their lungs and other organs as well as fluids. Recovery will depend on the strength of their immune system. Many of those who have died were already in poor health.

WHO’s standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses are as follows:
  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough;
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider;
  • When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals;
  • The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.


Let's fight this virus together. Jia You!​
 
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I was initially very scared of contracting the virus, but I don't think it's as scary as what the media is making it out to be. Of course the risk is there, but recovery is possible. 2 people who contracted the virus have been released from hospital in my country.

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Do people who have contracted coronavirus return to full health?

Yes. Many of those who contract coronavirus will experience only mild symptoms. These include fever, coughing and respiratory problems. Most people are expected to make a full recovery.

But it can pose a particular risk for elderly people and those with pre-existing problems like diabetes or cancer, or weak immune systems.

HOW THE VIRUS IS SPREAD
Australian Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly told reporters on Thursday that the coronavirus was being spread by “droplets” and it was not an airborne disease like measles.

The droplets settle about one metre away, unlike airborne viruses that are more worrying because they can travel further distances.

They are spread when people cough or sneeze but they rapidly die once they hit a surface.

He said people would be unlikely to contract the virus via casual contact.

“We are talking about close contact over a period of time,” he said.

Someone would have to be in a face-to-face conversation with someone who has coronavirus for at least 15 minutes to be at risk of infection.

It can also be spread via contaminated surfaces if someone touches their nose or mouth after touching a surface that has been coughed or sneezed on by an infected person.

Prof Kelly said some Australians were worried about contracting the virus from parcels being sent from China, or walking past someone who was sick.

But he said you could not get the disease from parcels and passing someone was “virtually totally safe”.

Prof Kelly said people with droplet infections generally only infected one or two extra people, unlike airborne diseases like measles that can spread to 10 people.

“It’s definitely not as transmissible or as dangerous as measles for example,” he said.
 

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thanks for this thread. i think it’s good to get one master thread to see everything related to this to help people become aware
 

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finally some good news :sejeongcry:

 

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