COVID 19 Warning

COVID 19 News and Warning

The news is bombarding us with COVID 19 warning, new cases, deaths, and analysis. People are confused and haunted by fears for their lives and their loved ones. Political manipulations are hype. Some are accusing china of creating the virus, others threw the guilt at the US government. We are left with shadows of death and are lost in chaos and fears about our future and existence. Wherever we are, the fears are similar, and the manipulation is global.

COVID 19 Warning

Beware of the existing conspiracy and unverified theories of the novel coronavirus.  The media is flooding with information. Theories about an engineered COVID 19 exist, but all are anecdotal and none are the conclusion of reliable scientific research.

The COVID 19 Structure

Before digging into the hypothesis of the source of the novel virus outbreak in humans, we should know its structure. Coronavirus is a virus surrounded by a hallo of spiky proteins that stick out like tips on a crown binding itself to the cells host and gaining entrance to the cells later on. These types of viruses mutate easily and are transmitted from animals to humans and person to person.    

Chinese Study / COVID 19 Warning

A Chinese study has been made about the genome of the new coronavirus. This research has been made available to the global scientific community. The Chinese study has concluded that the genome of the novel virus is 96% identical to the coronavirus found in bats. Hence, one of the hypotheses suggests bats as the source of COVID 19.  

COVID 19 Vs SARS

As we see, there are more preventive measures in place for the novel virus than the preventive measures taken during SARS. The difference is due to a major difference between the virus causing SARS and COVID 19. The difference is related to the onset of the disease, and when an infected person is highly infectious. A person infected with Coronavirus causing SARS is highly infectious during the onset of the symptoms,  while a person infected with the novel coronavirus or COVID 19 is highly infectious 14 days before showing the symptoms.

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Why Self-Isolation / COVID 19 Warning

A Chinese study has been made about the genome of the new coronavirus. This research has been made available to the global scientific community. The Chinese study has concluded that the genome of the novel virus is 96% identical to the coronavirus found in bats. Hence, one of the hypotheses suggests bats as the source of COVID 19.  

How the Disease is Transmitted?

The main mode of transmission of the virus is through breathing. People may say that seasonal flu may kill the same number of people. However, according to Michael Osterholm, an internationally recognized expert in infectious disease and epidemiology, this pandemic is expected to be 10 to 12 folds worse than the seasonal flu we have ever seen.

Statistics / COVID 19 Warning

The estimates for hospitalizations are 48 million, 96 million cases, and 480 thousand deaths will be occurring in the coming months. Hence, responsible health entities, governments, and world health organizations are not taking this task lightly.  All measures in place are to mitigate new cases since the infected population is highly infectious before the onset of the symptoms. It takes 14 days for the initial symptoms to appears. Schools were the first to close since children when sick they expose their parents and grandparents. Italy had taken the warning of the new virus lightly, therefore, they are an example of the exponential increase in cases and deaths.

What are the Major Risk Factors

Risk factors have been always challenging and the data show that the elderly are the most at risk of complications or death. The elderly may have existing underlying health conditions that might lead to complications and death. However, major risk factors are also smoking and obesity.

Is COVID 19 Engineered or Some Kind of Biological Weapon

Some rumors exist about a leak from labs in Yukon, where the first cases started. However, according to Michael Osterholm, there is no evidence that this virus is a bioweapon or has leaked from a Yukan lab. Today, with the existing genetic testing, scientists can obtain data about the genome of the virus, and the testing has clearly shown that the virus has jumped from animals to humans.

Conclusion / COVID 19 Warning

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As you see a lot has been written about the etiology of the new coronavirus. Some of the information is true but others are false and have no scientific foundation. The only conclusion we can make is how fragile or vulnerable we are, and how easily we can be manipulated. However, we can help by being conscious toward ourselves and others by self-isolation when needed, respond to all measures the governments and health entities have been taking and announcing.
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