Here, take a look at 10 reasons why there’s no need to panic:
1. There is Greater Awareness
Plagues and pandemics have plagued the world since the beginning of time. Be it the “sweating sickness” from Tudor England, or the treacherous Spanish flu that killed millions across the world. In 2020, the global community has made significant strides in public and private healthcare practices.
Detecting diseases and identifying their causes has always been a greater dilemma for scientific research. For instance, the first few cases of AIDS were detected in 1981, but it took scientists an additional two years to identify the HIV virus that had caused the disease.
In the case of COVID-19, there is greater awareness and a stronger understanding. The first cases emerged in China on 31st December, 2019, with symptoms of severe pneumonia. On 7th January, 2020, scientists had detected the coronavirus, and within 10 days, its genome was available.
Scientists and researchers have deduced that coronavirus hails from the same family as SARS, also known as SARSCoV2, which belongs to group 2B. Experts believe that it is associated to coronavirus from bats.
A series of genetic analyses reveals that coronavirus has recently originated, while the exact timeline is placed between the end of November and early December. Even though all viruses thrive and flourish through mutation, coronavirus may not have a significantly high mutation rate.
2. There are superior detection tools
Scientists have identified tools and procedures to detect the coronavirus. A test to identify the virus was made available on 13th January, 2020.
3. China is making progress
China has made great strides in the battle against the coronavirus. The country has won immense acclaim for its effective isolation measures to control the disease. For multiple weeks, observations have revealed a steady reduction in the number of cases diagnosed with the virus.
4. Majority of the patients have mild symptoms
It is important to understand that majority of the patients diagnosed with coronavirus have suffered from mild symptoms, and in some cases, no symptoms at all. However, in 14% of the patients, it can lead to severe symptoms of pneumonia.
Moreover, in 5% of the patients, the symptoms can get more critical and lead to death. However, the exact death rate of the virus remains unclear, but experts suspect that it is likely to be lesser than the estimates.
5. Recovery treatments have proven effective
It is important to note that while coronavirus has infected hundreds and thousands of people across the world, many of the patients are recovering. Majority of the broadcasted estimates and data reveals increases in the number of deaths and confirmed cases.
However, it is also important to examine the statistics for infected patients who have fully recovered. Experts highlight that there are 13 times greater recovered patients than deaths, and the number of recovered patients is rapidly increasing.