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facts about covid19, coronavirus protection, how to stop coronavirus, covid19 information The Covid-19 pandemic has
affected hundreds of thousands
of people across the world...

Covid-19

From Wuhan to the world

Coronavirus has taken over the world but what are the facts about Covid19?

It all began in Wuhan. How, what, why - we don't know. At first the rumour was that bats in a wet market had spread a new disease around. All we really know now is that in late december, the first official case was reported in Wuhan.

On 31st December, Chinese officials informed the World Health Organisation of a new mysterious disease infecting 40 people. On January 1st the Wuhan wet market closed.

Within a week, China has named the new illness Covid-19. A few days later, China records the first of what will eventually be over a quarter of a million deaths from coronavirus.

Two days later, corona shows up in Thailand, a day later in America. Wuhan went into lockdown but it was too late. The virus spread to Asia, America, Italy, Europe, the UK, Australia and Africa. More than 4 million people have been infected worldwide.

Although coronavirus has a general death rate of aproximatly 2%, it's a virtual death sentence to anyone with breathing difficulties or pre-existing conditions.

Covid-19 is so new, there isn't a lot of data and nobody really knows how to stop coronavirus. There are no studies proving that gloves, regular hand washing or keeping a 2 metre distance, provide coronavirus protection and prevent the spread of infection. But we know they work because we can see the evidence around us and it's recommended by experts. Gloves and face masks have both been recommended by experts as providing coronavirus protection.

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Real life research has shown that using a mask reduces the spread of covid droplets. Jenna in Germany introduced compulsory face masks and saw no new cases for 8 days from 31st March. China was able to reopen Wuhan within 8 weeks. How? Face masks. In Israel, face masks appeared from the very start and after only 130 cases, they are reopening the country. In Hong Kong, face masks are worn by 98% of the country and they have only seen 12 cases. Yes other measures were taken in addition, but we have to ask ourselves why the UK has not seen the drop that other countries taking similar measures have?

They haven't introduced PPE.

Washing our hands regularly means that the virus won't be on our hands and won't enter our bodies through touch. What about through the air? That's where face masks have come in. Scotland recently made face masks compulsory too.

Why hasn't the UK?

They are facing a massive shortage of PPE - personal protection equipment. Although many other countries have taken action to prevent the airborne spread of coronavirus via the use of facemasks, the UK cannot afford to do so when they can not supply these face masks.

Instead the government is recommended that we try as much as possible to wear a face mask. The direct quote from the new guidelines says people should “aim to wear a face-covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible and they come into contact with others that they do not normally meet" continuing "marginally beneficial as a precautionary measure by protecting others if the wearer is an asymptomatic carrier," they advise employers to support workers if they wish to wear them.

When everyone is staying indoors, then they are not vulnerable to infection. When re-entering the workplace or going out to increasingly crowded shops, every passerby is a potential infection risk. Gloves and face masks prevent, both asymptomatic carriers from spreading coronavirus, and those around them from breathing it in.

The WHO at the moment says that for those who do not have symptoms, they do not recommend wearing face masks. However, if caring for anyone with symptoms, you should wear a face mask whenever in the same room.

How can you know whether those around you have coronavirus or not? You can't. Even they can't; they may be asymptomatic or not yet displaying symptoms. The best precaution to take, is to wear a mask.

Coronavirus is turning the tide is some countries and continuing to ravage others. As the UK begins to return to normal life, keep yourself and your family safe; maintain strict hygiene and use the appropriate PPE.