“Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats.”Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This post is written on 4 March 2020 (last updated on 20 March 2020), at the time of writing here are the facts we know about the COVID-19 virus.
It is important that we stay updated with the facts so we can better protect ourselves and our loved ones.
I have listed some of the most crucial updates gathered by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) so you can be better equipped and prepared.
Some of the quotes and facts about the COVID-19 virus were also curated from sites that are monitoring the situation closely and updating their websites consistently.
There will be citations so you know where the information is coming from."This virus is not SARS, it’s not MERS, and it’s not influenza. It is a unique virus with unique characteristics." ~ World Health Organization, 3 March 2020 Click To Tweet
Live Updated (Infected Countries)
- Black: Cities with 1,000 or more cases
- Purple: Cities with 100 or more cases.
- Red: Cities with 20 or more cases.
- Orange: Less than 20 cases
- Diamond shape: Cities with deaths
Signs & Symptoms to Look Out For:
- Shortness of breath
Other symptoms (by ECDC):
- pain in the muscles
Seek medical help and advice if you develop these symptoms (especially the first three).
Questions To Ask Yourself:
- Have you been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19?
- Traveled from an area with the ongoing spread of COVID-19?
Call in advance before you go to your local doctor or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and/or your symptoms.
Important Quotes About COVID-19
Crucial Facts About COVID-19 Virus
Common Ways on How COVID-19 Spreads
“It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.“Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The World Responses to COVID-19
Positive Quotes in the Midst of COVID-19 Chaos
WHO has confirmed that using alcohol-based sanitizers to clean your hands can kill the viruses. (source) Several distilleries stood up and took the initiative to provide free hand sanitizers to anyone in need until COVID-19 has been properly contained.
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Due to the recent reports of outages and low supply in our community, We have decided to provide hand sanitizer free of charge to anyone in need. Made with aloe vera gel and 95% ethanol. This is no substitute for washing your hands but in a pinch it will get the job done. Available at the Distillery starting March 12th at 5pm. If you have a container please bring it and we will be happy to fill it!
Satellite air pollution readings have shown that cities in China and Italy with high quarantine rates have plummeted dramatically due to the virus.
A report by NASA estimates that the COVID-19 has saved more than 100 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere from China alone—which is roughly the equivalent of what Chile produces in an entire year.
How to Take Precautionary Measures Against COVID-19
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth if your hands aren’t clean.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Stay home from work, school, and public areas if you’re sick.
Cases in China as 1 March 2020
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Asia
Confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Europe, the Middle East & North Africa
- WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 3 March 2020
- UN releases US$15 million to help vulnerable countries battle the spread of the coronavirus – 1 March 2020
- CDC Facts About COVID-19
- ECDC Q&A on COVID-19
- Mayo Clinic – What is COVID-19 and how can I protect myself?
- Cone Health, Symptoms & Prevention (Cynthia Snider MD) – 28 February 2020
- The Guardian: Image sources for Confirmed cases in Asia, Europe, Middle East, and North Africa – 2 March 2020