Recently, Australia has been hit with some extreme weather, from the bushfires to the torrential rain causing flooding. In times like these it is vital that Australians take the precautions they need to in order to stay warm and healthy.
There is nothing worse than getting sick in summer! You know you need to keep warm and out of the cold but its boiling hot and your body will overheat, you cant win!
However with viruses like coronavirus Covid-19 going around and the mixture of our Australian Summer storm season, it is essential that you keep warm and rest up if you start feeling down.
What Do We Know?
According to the World Heath Organization (WHO) the official name for the disease caused by the new coronavirus is Covid-19.
“We now have a name for the disease and its Covid-19,” World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told Storm Assist.
It comes after the death toll from the virus exceeds 1,000 and after tens of thousands of people have been infected.
Dr Ghebreyesus has called on the world to fight the new virus as aggressively as possible.
The word coronavirus refers to the group of viruses it belongs to, rather than the last strain. The virus itself has been designated SARS-CoV-2 by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. Researchers have been searching for an official name to avoid any confusion and stigmatisation of any group or country.
“We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
“Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatising. It also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks.”
This new name is taken from the words “corona”, “virus” and “disease”, with the 2019 representation as it was the year that it initially emerged – The first case of the virus manifested no later than December 1st 2019, however the outbreak was reported to the World Health Organization on the 31st of December 2019.
There are now more than 43,103 confirmed cases across the world. The death toll has now overtaken the SARS epidemic death toll in 2002-2003.
On Monday, roughly 103 people died in Hubei province alone, the national global death toll as of Tuesday the 11th of February is at 1,017. However the number of new infections nationally was down almost 20% from the day before, from 3,062 to 2,478.
In more recent days, the authorities in China have increasingly been criticised for their handling of the crisis when the cases first manifested.
The death of a doctor who had early warning signs and symptoms that were suppressed by authorities sparked widespread public anger.
Beijing has “removed” several senior officials over their actions to control the virus. The party secretary for the Hubei Health Commission, and the head of the commission, were among those who lost their jobs. They are the most senior officials to be demoted so far.
The central government has sent a team from its highest anti-corruption agency to Hubei in order to investigate the treatment of Dr Li by police.
Scientists from around the world are meeting in Geneva to discuss ways to combat the outbreak.
Dr Ghebreyesus of the World Health Organization mentioned that there was still a realistic chance of containing the disease if enough resources were devoted to the fight. He praised the measures being taken in China, which he mentioned were,
“slowing the spread to the rest of the world”.
Meanwhile, the United States Federal Reserve has warned that disruption to the Chinese economy could spill over and affect the rest of the world.
Cases Of Coronavirus Outside China:
- Japan: 161
- Taiwan: 18
- Germany 14
- United Kingdom: 8
- Italy: 3
- Finland: 1
- Belgium: 1
- Singapore: 45
- Malaysia: 18
- US: 13
- Canada: 7
- Cambodia: 1
- Sweden: 1
- Russia: 2
- Nepal: 1
- Thailand: 32
- Australia: 15
- France: 11
- India: 3
- Spain: 2
- Sri Lanka: 1
- South Korea: 28
- Vietnam: 15
- United Arab Emirates: 8
- Philippines: 3
What Is Coronavirus Covid-19?
Coronavirus Covid-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms can range from a mild cough to pneumonia. Some people have proved to recover easily, whereas others may get extremely sick very quickly sometimes resulting in death.
What Are The Symptoms You Should Look Out For?
Symptoms range from regular cold and flu symptoms such as a mild cough, fever, shortness of breath etc, to pneumonia. If you experience these symptoms and have had contact with an individual who has travelled or you have travelled within recent weeks, consult a medical professional.
Who Is At Risk?
Most of the cases of Coronavirus Covid-19 are in Wuhan City in Hubei Province, China. However there are 15 confirmed cases of the virus in Australia.
The cases in Australia of people who have contracted the virus have recently been to mainland China or have been in close contact with someone who is a confirmed case of coronavirus Covid-19.
How Is Covid-19 Spreading?
There is evidence that the virus spreads from person to person, especially in Hubei Province.
The virus spreads through close contact with an infectious person, contact with droplets from an infected individuals cough or sneeze, touching objects or surfaces such as door knobs or tables that have germs from an infected individual, then proceeding to touch your mouth or face.
What Can You Do To Prevent Getting Sick This Storm Season?
It is not recommended that healthy individuals wear surgical masks, they will not protect you against the virus.
In order to protect yourself from falling ill with an infection, we would recommend that everyone practises excellent hygiene such as washing your hands often with soap and water, using a tissue and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze and avoid close contact with other individuals.
If you find yourself ill and are declared a confirmed case, it is vital that you isolate yourself to prevent infecting others.
Treatment Of The Virus:
In regards to treatment for coronavirus Covid-19, unfortunately there is none. However medical care can treat many of the symptoms, antibiotics is not an option as they to not fight off viruses.
How To Isolate Yourself
The best way to prevent spreading infection if you contract the virus is to isolate yourself. Avoid visiting public places such as school, shopping centres, childcare or university. If possible it would be smart to get other people to get food and other necessities for you and leave them at your front door.
Avoid letting any visitors in your home.
What Is Australia Doing?
Australia is very prepared, the government has plans and are working together with state governments in order to coordinate an evidence-based response and adapt as we learn more about the virus and how it spreads.
- providing information in English and Chinese based on the latest medical advice, including through Facebook, Twitter, Weibo, WeChat and Chinese newspapers
- applying a 14-day isolation period to people at risk of getting coronavirus Covid-19
- applying travel restrictions to reduce the number of travellers from mainland China
- organising assisted departure for Australian citizens in Wuhan
- tracing coronavirus Covid-19 cases
- continuing to screen travellers who arrive in Australia
- continuing with border surveillance
- applying enhanced border measures at international air and sea ports, including announcements and signs
State and territory health authorities are:
- testing anyone who shows symptoms of the virus
- monitoring close contacts of confirmed cases every day
Storm Assist suggests that if you have any of the symptoms mentioned previously, seek medical attention and follow the government guidelines in order to prevent further spreading of any infections.