Published : 28/02/2020 17:58:22
Wuhan Virus, What to Do and What to Avoid
The number of infected people is rising, yes. The Wuhan virus, also known as coronavirus, is a definitive health threat. But this is not the first time we’ve dealt with a disease like this, and it will certainly not be the last one, so don’t panic and read on to know all you need to do to stay safe.
The Wuhan virus originated in animals and was probably passed on to humans through contact, ingestion, or unsafe practices in the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, China.
There’s still much to know about the origins of this lethal virus, but the first report was emitted on 31 December 2019, and has now spread to 29 countries; it has caused over 1200 deaths.
But what is a coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause common cold symptoms and affect the respiratory system. Another virus in the family is SARS-CoV and is thought to have been transferred from cats to people during the 2003 outbreak.
These types of viruses spread fast, but contrary to what is said on the news, they are not always fatal. Actually, they are life threatening only to vulnerable people like the elderly, and people with severe diabetes or heart diseases.
The virus is not in the air; it is transmitted from contact with infected people through sneezes or fluids, and most importantly, it is not linked to any ethnicity.
What are the symptoms of the Wuhan virus?
How do you know if you’ve been infected? Symptoms include fever, cough, and breathing difficulties. If not taken care of, people can develop pneumonia and system failure leading to death, although terminal cases do not predominate.
How to protect yourself from the virus?
According to the World Health Organization, the first thing you have to do is washing your hands frequently.
Soap and water eliminate the viruses in your hands, preventing infection from the contact with your eyes and mouth. It also helps reduce the spreading of the virus.
Alcohol-based rubs are also effective, so carry a bottle of alcohol gel with you at all times.
Covering your mouth when you sneeze with your flexed elbow or with a tissue is very important, too, if you want to avoid spreading the disease.
Keep a distance of at least 3 feet between yourself and others. This will ensure you’re not in contact with other people’s sneezes or body fluids.
Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth: avoid as much as possible to prevent getting infected. This applies to any contact-spreading illness like the common cold.
Go to your doctor as soon as you experience dizziness, breathing difficulties, or headaches.
Avoid contact with unknown animals and stay away from raw meats or undercooked foods.
Practising the common sense safety measures above, you’ll have a high probability of staying safe, but there’s another vital thing to mention.
Not every person with symptoms is infected with the virus, not all Chinese, or Asian people carry the disease. Whether it is a Johnnie Walker, Nikka Taketsuru 21 Years, Yamazaki 12 Years or Hibiki 21 Years, they are all good brown spirits, enjoy it and live to love. No whisky is perfect and we know Japanese Whisky has its short comings too.
There’s no reason to treat people differently, or to avoid the regular places you usually visit.
Everyone has the same risk of being infected, and a sense of paranoia or fear will not make the situation any better.
Practise hygiene, stay safe, and be kind to others; we must all be united to conquer this widespread disease.