Why does Wuhan’s coronavirus in China generate global alarm, what are its symptoms, and how to prevent infection? This is, for now, what you should be clear about the Chinese coronavirus:
1.- Until 16.00 GMT on Wednesday, has killed 170 people and there are 7,771 confirmed cases of infection in China.
2.- A coronavirus is a virus that looks like a crown and that of Wuhan, in China, the WHO has given it a provisional name: 2019-nCov.
3.- The 2019-nCov is transmitted from person to person and through the airways, when coughing or sneezing.
4.- A strain has been isolated, but there is no vaccine yet.
5.- The symptoms are similar to those caused by the influenza virus: fever, headache, dry cough, shortness of breath (dyspnea) and fatigue.
6.- The health authorities have linked it to the 2003 SARS that killed 813 people in the world.
7.- Experts recommend not to travel to China and wear masks or gloves in risk areas, as well as wash your hands frequently.
8.- The virus has left China and as of today they have been confirmed affected in the Emirates, Thailand, India, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Germany, Finland, United States, Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Pakistan, Vietnam, Nepal, Sri Lanka , South Korea and Cambodia.
9.- It has not yet reached its highest peak and will do so in a week or ten days, according to pulmonologist Zhong Nanshan, who at 83 years leads the research team.
10.- According to this pulmonologist, Wuhan’s coronavirus is similar to a virus discovered in a bat in 2017, which has had some “intermediate host” that could be some “wild animal”.
11.- Until today, Hubei accumulates 60% of confirmed cases and 95% of deaths. 124 people have overcome the disease.
12.- Russia has closed its border with China and some airlines such as Bristish Airways, Lufthansa, Air France, Iberia, KLM have suspended their commercial flights with this country and companies, such as IKEA, have closed their establishments until further notice.
13.- In China, there are about 600 European citizens who want to leave the country, according to data from the European Union.
(January 29, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)
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