Last updated on September 15th, 2021 at 02:28 pm
In the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, China, a series of cases of pneumonia occurred.
On January 9, 2020, the Chinese health authorities announced that it is a new corona strain (2019-nCoV).
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that usually cause respiratory infections of varying severity in humans and animals. It is estimated that about a third of upper respiratory infections in humans can be caused by coronaviruses.
The Greek organization of Public Health (EODY) is monitoring developments from the beginning and is in constant contact with both the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
EODY(Greek Organization of Public Health) remains vigilant about possible cases of the disease in travelers while it has already issued and systematically updates information material and specialized instructions.
Data, Breaking news, a world Map, and live counter on confirmed and recovered cases you can find on the sources below.
1. WORLDOMETER: www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
2. BNO News: bnonews.com/index.php/2020/02/the-latest-coronavirus-cases/
3. JHU CSEE: gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6
4. 1point3acres (for USA/CAN): coronavirus.1point3acres.com/en
5. RiskLayer (DEU): www.risklayer-explorer.com/event/100/detail
6. MorgenPost (DEU): interaktiv.morgenpost.de/corona-virus-karte-infektionen-deutschland-weltweit/
7. DXY (CHN): ncov.dxy.cn/ncovh5/view/pneumonia
8. J.A.G Japan (JPN): jagjapan.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/55c22ee976bc42338cb454765a6edf6b
9. VG (NOR): www.vg.no
10. Amtliches Dashboard COVID19 (AUT): info.gesundheitsministerium.at/
11. INDIA COVID-19 TRACKER (IND): www.covid19india.org/
12. Helsingin Sanomat (FIN): www.hs.fi
13. Situación de COVID-19 en España (ESP): covid19.isciii.es/
14. T.C.Sağlık Bakanlığı (TUR): covid19.saglik.gov.tr /
15. Corona-Fälle in der Schweiz (CHE): rsalzer.github.io/COVID_19_CH/
16. Lidovky (CZE): www.lidovky.cz/
17. The News International (PAK): www.thenews.com.pk/
18. kawalcovid19 (IND): kawalcovid19.com/
19. INDEXHR (HRT): www.index.hr/
About the COVID-19 Disease
The disease caused by the new Coronavirus was named COVID-19 and despite early predictions, within a short time, it spread beyond the borders of China, around the world.
The disease is very easily transmitted through the respiratory tract, even by asymptomatic patients who are in the incubation stage that lasts several days, and this makes it very dangerous.
It is transmitted by droplets emitted from the nose or mouth of asymptomatic carriers but also by objects that they have touched or had any contact with them.
The symptoms in the vast majority of cases can vary from very mild to none, with exceptions, but for the elderly over 65 and various vulnerable groups with underlying chronic diseases, such as heart problems, diabetes, hypertension, and many other chronic autoimmune diseases can be very serious, with severe pneumonia that can lead to death.
Incidents involving organs infected such as the heart, kidneys, stomach, brain, etc. have also been reported.
So far the data shows an alarming mortality rate of around 5% which is much higher than that of the common flu and from what we initially thought.
Since there is no specific drug or vaccine against coronavirus, the only defense we have at the moment is complete self-isolation and lockdown in entire areas or even countries and states.
Also to keep our immunity system and defenses in good shape by getting plenty of rest and eating well.
It is important to follow strict hygiene rules, such as frequent and thorough washing of hands with soap and water for more than 20 seconds, avoiding any kind of congruence with other people and keeping a distance from everyone, at least two meters.
The use of gloves and masks is essential for those who know how to use them properly, improper use of masks can be very dangerous as it can help the contamination instead of protecting, so the instructions for its use vary from country to country and are conflicting.
Currently, the epidemic is at its peak, and the entire planet, especially Europe and North America, where the epicenter of the pandemic is, is in lockdown with almost all economic activities locked up.
The health and humanitarian consequences are devastated and well known, we see them every day with tens of thousands of deaths.
But the economic consequences that will follow will be frightening, they will even test the existence of some countries, unemployment, and recession will reach unprecedented levels much higher than those of the 2008 crisis, but they still cannot be accurately calculated now.
Especially the tourism sector has been destroyed, with airlines and travel agencies going bankrupt.
The absence of the tourism product for 2020 is the strongest blow for Greece since tourism accounts for 25% of GDP and essentially feeds the Greek economy.
The priority at the moment though is to tackle the pandemic with health systems around the world fighting the toughest.
Health systems that, due to neoliberal policies, are proving to be insufficient with understaffed personnel and shortages of basic medical supplies, therefore unable of dealing with all cases that have serious complications of the disease.
This is not the time to blame responsibility, they will be blamed after the pandemic.
Two conclusions are definite.
The first is that humanity will survive, an effective cure and later a vaccine will be found sooner or later.
And the second is that the world after this shock will never be the same, how different and in what way it remains to be seen.
Mental health issues due to the pandemic
The coronavirus might affect not only your physical wellbeing but also your mental health. As we might be instructed to stay home due to the pandemic, the mental health symptoms might worsen.
This is a useful guide about improving mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please keep in your thoughts those who are affected by this unfortunate outbreak.
Also, read the Coronavirus letter to Humanity
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