What if 2019-nCoV becomes pandemic? 😷
In December 2019, Chinese authorities announced an outbreak of the new virus in the city of Wuhan. By performing Real time PCR and Next Generation Sequencing on the samples taken from patients, it has been determined that the virus belongs to the family of Coronaviruses. The continuous monitoring showed that the severity of 2019 novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is not that high in comparison to other two human-to-human transmittable corona viruses (SARS and MERS). However, its contagiousness seems very potent. Despite all the great efforts of the Chinese experts and community, 2019-nCoV has a fairly good chance of becoming pandemic. This quick guide will give a basic idea about what to do in case it happens.
Now that we have learned about 2019-nCoV key properties, here are some of the most effective measures that can help us protect ourselves, and simultaneously halt the further distribution of the virus.
If you want to follow the most recent updates about the situation development, you can do it by checking some of the links below:
Pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines to be tested: https://www.pharmaceutical-technology.com/news/china-coronavirus-deaths-vaccines-01-feb/
Current distribution of the 2019-nCoV: https://www.pharmaceutical-technology.com/features/coronavirus-outbreak-the-countries-affected/
Detailed information about 2019-nCoV and guidelines how to behave in case your region is affected can be found in the latest Situation Report (30.01.2020) by WHO: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200130-sitrep-10-ncov.pdf?sfvrsn=d0b2e480_2
Detailed guidelines about equipment, masks, home care and health care settings are given in the following documents: