Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Latest Updates, Symptoms, Prevention, Treatment & Facts

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Pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan, China was first reported to the WHO Country Office in China on 31 December 2019. The outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020. WHO announced a name for the new coronavirus disease: COVID-19 on 11th February 2020.

The Coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). And, it was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei province, and has since spread globally, resulting in the ongoing 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.

Its common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include fatigue, muscle pain, diarrhea, sore throat, loss of smell, and abdominal pain.

World Health Organization (WHO) is working 24/7 to analyze data, coordinate with partners, help countries prepare, provide advice, increase supplies and manage expert networks.

Further, the international community has asked for US$675 million to help protect states with weaker health systems as part of its Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan.

As of 21 April 2020, more than 2.47 million cases have been reported across 185 countries and territories, resulting in more than 170,000 deaths. More than 651,000 people have recovered.

COVID-19
COVID-19

How long is the incubation period for COVID-19?

The “incubation period” means the time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of the disease. Most estimates of the incubation period for COVID-19 range from 1-14 days, most commonly around five days. These estimates will be updated as more data become available.

Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease or COVID-19

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate symptoms.

Common symptoms:

  • fever
  • tiredness
  • dry cough
Symptoms of Coronavirus Diseases
Symptoms of Coronavirus Diseases

Some people may experience:

  • aches and pains
  • nasal congestion
  • runny nose
  • sore throat
  • diarrhoea

On average it takes 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days.

People with mild symptoms who are otherwise healthy should self-isolate. Seek medical attention if you have a fever, a cough, and difficulty breathing. Call ahead.

Prevention:

Protect yourself and others around you by knowing the facts and taking appropriate precautions. Follow the advice provided by your local public health agency.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Clean your hands often. Use soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Maintain a safe distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • If you have a fever, a cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention. Call in advance.
  • Follow the directions of your local health authority.
  • Avoiding unneeded visits to medical facilities allows healthcare systems to operate more effectively, therefore protecting you and others.
Prevention of COVID-19
Prevention of COVID-19

Is there a vaccine, drug or treatment for COVID-19?

Not yet. To date, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat Coronavirus or COVID-2019. However, those affected should receive care to relieve symptoms. People with serious illnesses should be hospitalized. Most patients recover thanks to supportive care.

Possible vaccines and some specific drug treatments are under investigation. They are being tested through clinical trials. WHO is coordinating efforts to develop vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat COVID-19.

Self-care:

  • If you feel sick you should rest, drink plenty of fluid, and eat nutritious food. Stay in a separate room from other family members, and use a dedicated bathroom if possible. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Everyone should keep a healthy lifestyle at home. Maintain a healthy diet, sleep, stay active, and make social contact with loved ones through the phone or the internet. Children need extra love and attention from adults during difficult times. Keep to regular routines and schedules as much as possible.
  • It is normal to feel sad, stressed, or confused during a crisis. Talking to people you trust, such as friends and family, can help. If you feel overwhelmed, talk to a health worker or counsellor.

Medical treatments:

  • If you have mild symptoms and are otherwise healthy, self-isolate and contact your medical provider or a COVID-19 information line for advice.
  • Seek medical care if you have a fever, a cough, and difficulty breathing. Call in advance.

As mentioned above, 210 Countries and Territories around the world have reported a total of 2,499,665 confirmed cases of the coronavirus COVID-19 that originated from Wuhan, China, and a death toll of 171,338 deaths.

Situation update worldwide, as of 21 April 2020
Situation update worldwide, as of 21 April 2020
Source: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

For a more detailed list: New cases, critical condition, and recovered by Country, Check the Table Below:

CountryCasesDeathsRegion
Afghanistan1,09236Asia
Albania60926Europe
Algeria2,718384Africa
Andorra71737Europe
Angola242Africa
Anguilla30North America
Antigua and Barbuda233North America
Argentina3,031142South America
Armenia1,40124Asia
Aruba972North America
Australia6,64571Australia/Oceania
Austria14,873491Europe
Azerbaijan1,43619Asia
Bahamas609North America
Bahrain1,9527Asia
Bangladesh3,382110Asia
Barbados755North America
Belarus6,26451Europe
Belgium40,9565,998Europe
Belize182North America
Benin541Africa
Bermuda865North America
Bhutan60Asia
Bolivia59834South America
Bosnia and Herzegovina1,34251Europe
Botswana201Africa
Brazil40,8142,588South America
British Virgin Islands51North America
Brunei1381Asia
Bulgaria96645Europe
Burkina Faso58138Africa
Burundi51Africa
Cabo Verde671Africa
Cambodia1220Asia
Cameroon1,16343Africa
Canada36,8311,690North America
Caribbean Netherlands50North America
Cayman Islands661North America
Central African Republic120Africa
Chad330Africa
Channel Islands48824Europe
Chile10,507139South America
China82,7584,632Asia
Colombia3,977189South America
Congo1606Africa
Costa Rica6626North America
Croatia1,88147Europe
Cuba1,08736North America
Curaçao141North America
Cyprus77212Asia
Czech Republic (Czechia)6,914196Europe
Côte d’Ivoire87910Africa
Denmark7,695364Europe
Djibouti8462Africa
Dominica160North America
Dominican Republic4,964235North America
DR Congo35025Africa
Ecuador10,128507South America
Egypt3,333250Africa
El Salvador2257North America
Equatorial Guinea790Africa
Eritrea390Africa
Estonia1,55243Europe
Eswatini241Africa
Ethiopia1143Africa
Faeroe Islands1850Europe
Falkland Islands110South America
Fiji180Australia/Oceania
Finland4,01498Europe
France155,38320,265Europe
French Guiana971South America
French Polynesia560Australia/Oceania
Gabon1201Africa
Gambia101Africa
Georgia4084Asia
Germany147,0654,862Europe
Ghana1,0429Africa
Gibraltar1320Europe
Greece2,245116Europe
Greenland110North America
Grenada140North America
Guadeloupe1488North America
Guatemala2947North America
Guinea6225Africa
Guinea-Bissau500Africa
Guyana667South America
Haiti573North America
Holy See90Europe
Honduras49446North America
Hong Kong1,0304Asia
Hungary2,098213Europe
Iceland1,77310Europe
India18,658592Asia
Indonesia7,135616Asia
Iran84,8025,297Asia
Iraq1,57482Asia
Ireland15,652687Europe
Isle of Man3009Europe
Israel13,883181Asia
Italy181,22824,114Europe
Jamaica2236North America
Japan (+Diamond Princess)11,847276Asia
Jordan4257Asia
Kazakhstan1,96719Asia
Kenya28114Africa
Kuwait2,08011Asia
Kyrgyzstan5907Asia
Laos190Asia
Latvia7485Europe
Lebanon67721Asia
Liberia998Africa
Libya511Africa
Liechtenstein811Europe
Lithuania1,35037Europe
Luxembourg3,55875Europe
Macao450Asia
Madagascar1210Africa
Malawi172Africa
Malaysia5,48292Asia
Maldives820Asia
Mali24614Africa
Malta4433Europe
Martinique16314North America
Mauritania71Africa
Mauritius3289Africa
Mayotte2844Africa
Mexico8,772712North America
Moldova2,54872Europe
Monaco943Europe
Mongolia340Asia
Montenegro3135Europe
Montserrat110North America
Morocco3,186144Africa
Mozambique390Africa
MS Zaandam92
Myanmar1195Asia
Namibia160Africa
Nepal420Asia
Netherlands33,4053,751Europe
New Caledonia180Australia/Oceania
New Zealand1,44513Australia/Oceania
Nicaragua102North America
Niger65520Africa
Nigeria66522Africa
North Macedonia1,23155Europe
Norway7,156182Europe
Oman1,5088Asia
Pakistan9,216192Asia
Panama4,658136North America
Papua New Guinea70Australia/Oceania
Paraguay2088South America
Peru16,325445South America
Philippines6,599437Asia
Poland9,737385Europe
Portugal20,863735Europe
Qatar6,5339Asia
Romania9,242482Europe
Russia52,763456Europe
Rwanda1470Africa
Réunion4080Africa
Saint Barthelemy60North America
Saint Kitts & Nevis150North America
Saint Lucia150North America
Saint Martin372North America
Saint Pierre & Miquelon10North America
San Marino46239Europe
Sao Tome & Principe40Africa
Saudi Arabia10,484103Asia
Senegal3775Africa
Serbia6,630125Europe
Seychelles110Africa
Sierra Leone430Africa
Singapore9,12511Asia
Sint Maarten6710North America
Slovakia1,19914Europe
Slovenia1,33577Europe
Somalia2378Africa
South Africa3,30058Africa
South Korea10,683237Asia
South Sudan40Africa
Spain204,17821,282Europe
Sri Lanka3097Asia
St. Vincent & Grenadines120North America
State of Palestine4614Asia
Sudan10712Africa
Suriname101South America
Sweden14,7771,580Europe
Switzerland27,9441,436Europe
Syria393Asia
Taiwan4256Asia
Tanzania25410Africa
Thailand2,81148Asia
Timor-Leste230Asia
Togo846Africa
Trinidad and Tobago1148North America
Tunisia88438Africa
Turkey90,9802,140Asia
Turks and Caicos111North America
Uganda560Africa
Ukraine6,125161Europe
United Arab Emirates7,75546Asia
United Kingdom124,74316,509Europe
United States792,93842,518North America
Uruguay53511South America
Uzbekistan1,6575Asia
Venezuela28510South America
Vietnam2680Asia
Western Sahara60Africa
Yemen10Asia
Zambia703Africa
Zimbabwe253Africa

The above updates provides the latest global numbers and numbers by country of COVID-19 cases. It includes the details to date 21st April, 2020. For more updates, stay connected to our sites, celebshubs.com.

Source/References:

  1. Wikipedia
  2. who.int
  3. worldmeters.info

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