The Wuhan coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, remains entirely topical with the WHO declaration of international emergency due to the rapid expansion it is having. But has anything we know about this virus changed?
About the Transmission of the Virus
The virus is contagious during the incubation period, which typically lasts 14 days. This is something essential since it makes the prevention of new infections more difficult.
The virus can also remain on doorknobs and handrails for a few hours, facilitating its spread. Given this, the necessary prevention measures: frequent hand washing is vital and not sneezing directly into the hands (especially for those who have some probability of having been infected).
There are some people called supercontagators, who for some reason, are capable of spreading the virus more quickly. In this case, a man responsible for 14 infections has already identified, although the WHO estimates that the average number of conditions per person (R0 of the epidemic) is between 1.4 and 2.5. However, it is still too early to have a definitive number.
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On the Number of Cases and Mortality of the Wuhan Coronavirus
The number of cases does not stop growing, with secondary infections outside of China. There are already affected in Europe, the United States, and Asia, where the first death from coronavirus has already occurred outside of China, specifically in the Philippines. It believed that this patient already had previous problems, and therefore his death is due to other complications.
To follow the number of cases in real-time, you can do it on this website. Most of the coronavirus cases continue to occur in China, where the number of fully recovered already exceeds the number of deaths, great news.
Currently, the death rate of the virus cannot be reliably estimated as it is still early days. However, what is presently estimated is around 2%.
On the Origin of 2019-nCoV
Its origin remains unclear, although it is most likely a zoonosis. Still, renowned researchers do not rule out that it is a virus that escaped from a Wuhan laboratory that works with viruses and that has already received several warnings about its safety.
However, given that case 0 and all initial cases appear to originate from the Wuhan market. And the most likely option is zoonosis from an animal that has not yet determined. The usual practice in this market was the consumption of wild animals that slaughtered right there without veterinary control. In this way, the expansion of uncontrolled animal fluids with viral load greatly facilitates the spread and spread of new viruses.
When can we Expect a Vaccine Against this Coronavirus?
Creating a vaccine is not an easy task. Still, in this case, international cooperation sharing information in open and real-time thanks to new technologies. And Chinese cooperation can allow a vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus to be available in half a year or a year.
Can Pets have the Wuhan Coronavirus Virus?
No, to date, there is no confirmation that pets such as dogs and cats can suffer from the coronavirus.