Scientists are trying their best to understand the COVID-19 disease that emerged in China in 2019.Worldwide the number of confirmed cases is more than 10 times higher than the sars virus ,there are 8100 known cases of infected patients due to the sars virus(A virus that caused a six month epidemic in 2003).
Although COVID-19 has surpassed its peak in China.It is spreading rapidly in some of the countries with doubling every week.Public health experts fear with respiratory disease, which is believed to have started at a food market in Wuhan,could become the most serious epidemic since the Spanish flu in 1918-19.The WHO is trying to prevent infection before it reaches that stage.
HOW DANGEROUS IS THE CORONAVIRUS –
Virus COVID-19 is transmitting more readily between humans than the virus SARS,although it is less virulent.
The COVID-19 can cause severe respiratory disease.According to a study due to the virus COVID-19, 20% of the patients are infected and among them 3% if the patients got dead while the virus SARS killed 10% of the infected individuals.
TO WHOM COVID-19 WILL AFFECT READILY –
The older people ,whose immune defences has declined with age,and those who doesn’t posses a good health condition are much more vulnerable than the young.
For comparison, seasonal flu has a mortality rate of less than 0.1% but it infects so many people that it results in around 400,000 deaths per year worldwide.The another Spanish flu inflected an estimated of 500 million and killed upto 50 million worldwide in 1918-19.
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Written by – Shiwani Shrivastawa