COVID-19: A Global Health Emergency

Friday, January 31, 2020

 

(Update)

 

The casualty of the deadly Wuhan Corona virus Deaths in Mainland China surpass 1,868 as reported, which is double the number from the previous Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome(S.A.R.S) with a 774 casualties worldwide in February 2002. Number of infections also grew in mainland China atleast 42,700.

 

On BBC's previous report dated January 31, 2020, the World Health Organization(W.H.O) says that there had been 98 cases in 18 other countries. Most cases have emerged in people who have travelled from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak began.

 

On four continents, cases of the deadly virus has been reported. Stocks tumbled and oil prices fell on Monday as the virus' spread worried investors worldwide. Tourist landmarks like the Hong Kong Disneyland, Forbidden City and sections of the Great Wall outside of Beijing were closed. Face masks has been distributed to residents to avoid contact with the symptoms of the deadly virus.

 

 

Some countries like the United States, Japan, France, Russia and other countries, scrambled to evacuate their citizens who were trapped out of the city. Major modes of transportation were shut down by the government to avoid the quick spread of the virus. 

 

 

Back in our country, there is already 3 confirmed cases of the deadly Novel Corona virus. One person has already died after developing what officials called “severe pneumonia.” It was the first confirmed casualty of the virus outside Mainland China.


On a report by Rappler last January 30, 2020, Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a news briefing that the patient is monitored by the Department of Health (D.O.H). He also said that the patient is a woman who travelled from Wuhan, China, via Hong Kong on January 21, currently  in a government hospital, where she was admitted on January 25, but was no longer showing symptoms

 

Director Ferchito Avelino of the D.O.H Epidemiology Bureau says to the authorities to check the establishments that she went to and trace employees she had been in contact with.

 

As of now some airlines cancels or imposed travel bans to their flights to and from selected parts of China back to our country to avoid the widespread of the virus. 

 

 

The World Health Organization (W.H.O) declares this virus as 'Global Health Emergency'. According to Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of W.H.O, it's main reason to declare is that it is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries. He also describes that the virus as an "unprecedented outbreak" that has been met with an "unprecedented response". 

 

 

This virus has a name: COVID-19, as reported last February 11, 2020 which stands for 'Corona Virus Disease 2019', as the illness was first detected toward the end of last year.

 

According to Dr. Ghebreyesus, he noted that the new name makes no reference to any of the people, places or animals associated with the coronavirus. It's goal was to avoid stigma.

 

On another report by the New York Times, as stated by W.H.O, the declaration or officially called a 'Public Health Emergency of International Concern', serves as a notice to all United Nations member states that the world’s top health advisory body rates the situation as serious.

 

This concern is that it could spread to countries with weaker health systems.

 

The Corona Virus is a kind of common virus that causes an infection in your nose, sinuses, or upper throat. This can infect both animals and humans. Most corona viruses are not dangerous, but some types of them are serious. Earlier this month it was identified by the World Health Organization a new type of virus: 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China.

 

 

Photo Courtesy:

 

China Daily / via Reuters

The New York Times

Aaron Favila/Associated Press

Inquirer Photo / Joan Bondoc

Kevin Frayer / Getty Images

Eloisa Lopez, Reuters / ABS-CBN News Online

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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