December 31, 2019 – first cases of coronavirus were reported to World Health Organisation office in China.
January 11th, 2020 – first death was confirmed of a regular visitor to Wet market in Wuhan.
January 23rd, 2020 – Wuhan, a city of over 11 million residents – was cut off and locked down by Chinese authorities.
January 30th, 2020 – WHO declared Covid-19 a global pandemic and a public health emergency of international concerns
February 5th, 2020 – Diamond Princess Cruise ship carrying 3600 passengers after trip to South-Asia was quarantined. It reported highest number of corona positive cases outside China.
February 19th, 2020 – Iran reported 12 deaths second highest after China. The geographical placement of Iran put public health experts in worries. Iran’s borders are crossed each year by millions of religious pilgrims. Cases in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Lebanon, UAE followed shortly.
February 23rd,2020– Italy faced major outbreak when number of reported cases exceeded 150. Officials locked down towns, schools were closed. Sporting, cultural events were cancelled.
February 28th, 2020– Infection spiked in Europe. From Italy to Northern Ireland and Wales, Germany, France, England, Belarus, Estonia, Lithuania! All reported Covid-19 cases.
March 17th, 2020– France imposed nationwide lockdown. EU barred travelling and closed off 26 European countries from rest of the world.
March 23rd 2020– Britain under lockdown. People were instructed to stay home. Meeting of more than two people was barred.
April 2nd 2020– Pandemic had sickened more than 1 million in 171 countries killing over 51,000. Coronavirus put nearly 10 million Americans out of work, including 6.6 million who applied for unemployment benefits. Before that, the worst week for unemployment filings was during Reagon’s Recession in 1982 when filing number was comparatively relatively lower, a humber figure of 695,000 only!
April 26th 2020, Global death toll surpassed 200K.
May 17th, Japan, the world’s third largest economy after US and China fell in to recession shrinking by 3.4% in first quarter. Germany, Europe-s largest economy enter recession shrinking by 2.2. %.
May 27th 2020, Corona death in US exceeded 100,000.
In a period of less than two months, Coronavirus spread over 200 countries with over 5,595,091 confirmed cases and 350,547 deaths. Not to mention these are only the reported figures. The true figures are likely to be higher.
It enters through mouth, nose and eyes. Travels through upper respiratory tract. It goes back to the nasal passages and through the mucous membrane in to the back of the throat. There it feels most welcomed.
Whilst sitting in the back of throat, it results in some affectees developing symptoms of sore throat, fever, dry cough, fatigue, headache.
Throughout, it penetrates into cells, replicates itself and kills the host cells.
Many affectees with strong immune system prepares defence and kicks it out of the body before it gets any further down the body.
In worst cases, it could slip down the windpipe into lungs. There it could cause more respiratory problems such as bronchitis and pneumonia.
A severe form of pneumonia could result in symptoms of shortness of breath and persistent dry cough.
It causes inflammation to lungs air sacs which then prevents oxygen from reaching blood stream.
If damage to lungs is beyond natural repair, patient is required to attend hospital and be fitted with ventilator.
Ventilator pumps oxygen into the lungs giving the immune system time to continue working and prepare defence against the virus.
Where human body fails to prepare sufficient defence, virus attack could lead to lungs failure or other organs such as kidneys, heart and brain.
How can we prepare defence against such an unkind invincible army.
I am sure by now, it is clear why government has imposed the guidelines of social distancing and staying home. If we do not let virus in to our body, we would not be fighting this battle in the first place.
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