Stuck in Wuhan! what it is like at the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.

 

Stuck in Wuhan – Daniel Ouyang is stuck in Wuhan and says is is Wuhan like at the moment due to the deadly virus coronavirus outbreak. He is waiting for rescue from the the Australian Government.    #conoravirus #trending #breakingnews

What exactly is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are known to infect both humans and animals, and in humans causes respiratory illness that range from common colds to much more serious infections. The most well-known case of a coronavirus epidemic was Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars), which, after first being detected in southern China in 2002, went on to affect 26 countries and resulted in more than 8,000 cases.

While the cause of the outbreak was initially unknown, on January 7 Chinese health authorities identified that it was down to a strain of coronavirus that hadn’t been encountered in humans before. Five days later the Chinese government shared the genetic sequence of the virus so that other countries could develop their own diagnostic kits.

What are the Symptoms?

Although symptoms of coronavirusesare often mild – including runny noses, headaches, coughs and fevers – in some cases they lead to more serious respiratory tract illness including pneumonia and bronchitis. These can be particularly dangerous in older patients, or people who have existing health conditions, and this appears to be the case with this novel coronavirus. Of five early deaths where researchers had analysed the available medical history, four of them had underlying medical conditions that may have made them more vulnerable to the virus.

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Where the outbreak started

On January 22, authorities in Wuhan, China – where the current outbreak started – banned the trade of live animals at wet markets. The specific market where the outbreak might have begun, the Wuhan Seafood Market,  was shuttered on January 1. The coronavirus that emerged there has so far killed at least 213 people and infected more than 9,800.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic diseases, meaning they spread to people from animals. In the case of SARS, and likely this Wuhan coronavirus outbreak as well, bats were the original hosts. The bats then infected other animals, which transmitted the virus to humans.

Here’s what Wuhan animal market look like.

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Scientists in China have figured out the genetic code of the Wuhan coronavirus. When researchers compared it with other coronaviruses, they found it to be most similar to two bat coronavirus samples from China.

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But further analysis showed that the genetic building blocks of the Wuhan coronavirus more closely resembled that of snakes. According to the researchers, the only way to be sure of where the virus came from is to take DNA samples from animals sold at the Huanan market and from wild snakes and bats in the area.

Which countries are infected by the Coronavirus?

As it stands, more than 4,535 cases of the new coronavirus have been reported in China. Additional travel-related cases have been reported in the United States, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, Macao, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, France, Germany, Vietnam and Nepal.  Source WHO.

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