“We’ve seen this spike in the number of cases reported in China, but this does not represent a significant change in the trajectory of the outbreak,” he added. Slowing down or just starting?
Has China reached the peak of the outbreak? In most outbreaks in the past, just like the SARS outbreak and the Ebola outbreak in Africa, the trend went from a rapid increase in cases, and after the peak, it will slowly level off until no more infections were reported.
In China, the sudden spike in cases may hint the leveling off of the outbreak, but the WHO says it’s too early to tell. Some health experts also pointed out that even if China has reached the peak of infections and will plateau, some countries have just started reporting new cases.
Two dozen countries have reported confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease, including those on board the cruise ship off the coast of Japan. Japan reported the most number with 355 on the cruise ship and 59 on land, followed by Singapore with 75 confirmed cases. In Singapore, the largest bank, DBS, has evacuated 300 employees when one had tested positive with the virus. All the employees worked on the same floor as the patient.
Thailand reports 34 confirmed cases, followed by South Korea with 29 cases, Malaysia with 22, Taiwan with 20, Germany with 16, Vietnam with 16, Australia with 15, the U.S. with 15, France with 11, U.K. with 9, United Arab Emirates (UAE) with 9, and Canada with 7 cases. The other countries had three or fewer cases include India, Philippines, Italy, Russia, Spain, Cambodia, Finland, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Sweden, and Belgium. How to sport coronavirus disease?
For those who had been to China, especially Wuhan, those who have traveled to countries and cities with a high number of infections, and those who have been in close contact with confirmed cases, it’s important to spot the symptoms early to receive appropriate treatment and to prevent the spread of the virus.
The common signs and symptoms include fever, followed by a dry cough. After about a week, shortness of breath will manifest, prompting hospitalization in most cases. In severe cases, the infection may lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death. Sources:
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