What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.
Important Note 1:
A Zoonotic disease is a disease spread between animals and people. Zoonotic diseases can be caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi.
Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans.
Several known corona viruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.
Important Note :2
Recently Leading health experts from around the world have been meeting at the World Health Organization’s Geneva headquarters to assess the current level of knowledge about the new COVID-19 disease.
The meeting, hosted in collaboration with GloPID-R (the Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness)
GloPID-R is a global alliance of international research funding organizations investing in preparedness and response to epidemics.
Who’s at risk?
Fatality rate of Corona virus changes with age.
The average fatality rate is 2.3%, but it changes significantly with age – rising to nearly 15% among those over 80 years old.
What should do?
Responding to outbreaks isn’t a new issue for the global community, but Corona virus presents a number of challenges – including how efficiently it’s transmitted.
Donor governments should focus funding and efforts not only on their own citizens, but also on low- and middle-income countries.
Larger systemic changes are also necessary to help us respond to future outbreaks.
In any crisis, leaders have two equally important responsibilities: solve the immediate problem and keep it from happening again. The COVID-19 pandemic is an excellent case in point. The world needs to save lives now while also improving the way we respond to outbreaks in general.
The solution lies in Agile Governance.
Coronavirus has ‘pandemic potential’ – but what is a pandemic?
A pandemic is a new disease that has spread globally, according to the WHO. As most people are not immune to this new disease, it can spread beyond expectation.