The coronavirus has grown at an alarming rate, leaving medical professionals scrambling to control the outbreak. Should we all be concerned, or can we continue living our lives normally?

Currently, the main issue with the coronavirus is that there are so many unknowns. There is no clear evidence on how you can become infected, how quickly someone can pass on the virus and who is most susceptible to the illness. These unknowns and fears are utilised by the media and compound the concerns of society.

The symptoms of coronavirus also justify concern. Those who have fallen ill are reported to suffer coughs, fever and breathing difficulties, often similar to a common cold. However, the virus can cause pneumonia, and the only cure at the moment is the immune system of the person infected. This is why many of those who have died are known to have been already in poor health.

Coronavirus does spread. In the past week, the number of confirmed infections has more than tripled, and cases have been found in 13 Chinese provinces, as well as over 10 countries worldwide. As of today, the 30th of January 2020, the number of deaths has reached 170 people, with over 7000 infected.

There is no need to panic. The spread of the virus outside China is not an unexpected development and does not give rise to fear. So far, there have been no cases of individuals outside of China contract the disease, if they didnโ€™t recently visit China. Unless you have recently travelled to China or been in contact with someone infected with the virus, you should treat any cough or cold symptoms as normal.

This virus must be controlled as soon as possible. This involves the collaboration of all national governments and medical agencies. The World Health Organisation stated that โ€œthe challenge is great, but the response has been massiveโ€. China has been criticised previously for disclosing information and not acting efficiently, however; we have already witnessed their preventative measures to control the outbreak.

What can you do to protect yourself? The most important thing is to remember to wash your hands often, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands and avoid close contact with people who are sick. This does not involve completely changing your lifestyle or employment structure, but merely being careful to a possible risk.

The most important thing is to keep up a robust immune system. Eat well, drink water and get enough sleep at night. Those three things will not only increase your protecting from coronavirus but also enable your body to fight any other health issues.

59 thoughts on “Coronavirus: Should we be worried?

  1. Personally I am not worried at all. I remember the days of the SARS epidemic and the Mexican flue, during which my country’s government wasted some good money on unused vaccines. Regular flue killed many more people, mostly those already in a weak condition.

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  2. I am truly worried not even so much at the virus spreading but of what is happening in China now. If our hospitals become too overtaxed and have to turn citizens away what then? We are simply left to remain sick and die if we are not healthy enough to survive. Yes, many people get the flu each year but it does not cause our hospitals to become overrun and so most can also be treated and helped to get better eventually. I am tired, not sure if I am making sense?

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    1. I understand your perspective haha. Currently, I don’t think this concern is necessary. Unless this becomes a world wide crisis and millions of lives are impacted, our hopsitals have the capacity to deal with any scenario. Have you seen the construction of the hospital in Wuhan? 1000 bed hosptial completed in 7 days!

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      1. Inside China, yes. Outside China, nothing is confirmed yet. No one has caught the virus who haven’t visited China. When that occurs, then we can begin to understand how infectious the disease is and it’s possible risks to other nations.

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      2. Those numbers are a lot higher in China are a lot higher because they dont have enough tests to test every suspected case. and the hospitals are sawmped so they are turning the least sick looking citizens away to return home to self cure or possibly die. I am hoping they can get it under control soon or it will be extremely serious if it’s not already.

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      3. Thank you for sharing! Intersting article and definitely looks like a case of infection outside of China. However, it also acknowledges a difference between close human contact at home, and widespread community exposure. This case definitely shows that intimate, close, consistent relationships can increase the risk of infection, but it doesn’t stretch further, such as infection on public transport.

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      4. Absolutely! Yes, I guess you were right. I am sure that is how the first cases in China also first started as well. Hopefully, we don’t get anywhere near the numbers they have of infections/deaths. Only time will tell. Great post and tips on what we should be doing to protect ourselves.

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      5. Very true. It is a nervous waiting game. I don’t know if it has been the same in America, but there has been a rise of Chinese discrimination in Australia and other nations whcih is a serious concern – mainly due to the poor media reporting by many news agencies. Thank you very much!

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      6. Not knowing which way it will go always causes worry but I would rather be informed and know what’s coming so I can accurately prepare (or at least feel the most prepared I can be). Yes, there has been a lot of discrimination going on here too by ignornant people. Sadly. Yes, misinformation is the worst kind. Agreed!

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  3. My only concern would be Chinaโ€™s history with concealing diseases. Xi Jinping and his predecessors have a habit of covering up the true extent of an outbreak, they did it with SARS.

    Really good blog, love hearing other opinions so keep it up!

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    1. Thank you very much for your comment! Yes, I agree with you. We need to be careful of China and the possibility of information being kept concealed. I read something interesting today whcih said that Indonesia has reported no casesof Coronavirus which seems very unlikely. We need to remain vigilant.

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  4. You asked me for my take on your coronavirus blog and I find it simple,factual and practical. For the regular layman just trying to keep afloat amidst this growing health crisis, a simple reminder and how-to-do list is vital and would give peace of mind as well. Thanks forcommenting on my coronavirus blog earlier as well.

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  5. I’m probably not saying anything you don’t know, but the disease is now loose in the community. It no longer matters whether someone’s been to China or Italy or on a cruise. And part of the problem is that so many people are only mildly ill, and some don’t know that they’re ill at all, so they spread it. And some people are far more vulnerable and either become very ill or die of it. That range makes it particularly dangerous–or certainly seems to, as things look now–and hard to contain.

    And just to make it more difficult, at least here in the UK we have endless numbers of people who are theoretically self-employed, although in fact they’re employees with no benefits and no job security. And more to the point, no sick pay, so they can’t afford to take time off and are a disaster in the making, at least potentially.

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  6. This is so interesting that you wrote “As of today, the 30th of January 2020, the number of deaths has reached 170 people, with over 7000 infected.” And now, April 11, stats are 103,000 deaths, 1.7 million infected.

    The biggest positive I see in this pandemic is everyone gets to slow down. Hopefully, people are able to sit outside, be in awe at God’s creation. Figure out what is really important in our lives. And when the pandemic is over, what we need to eliminate from our lives. My favorite scripture is “Be still and know that I am God”, and now the world is being still. โคโคโค Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It crazy to see how far this virus has progressed and transformed in under 3 months.

      Definitely! We now have time to spend some time in quiet. I think this will be helpful in the long-term especially regarding health and productivity ๐Ÿ™‚

      All the best ๐Ÿ™‚

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