CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC: THE VIRUS THAT HUMBLED THE WORLD

Updated 7/31/2020

The coronavirus pandemic which has humbled the whole since it started has been called so many names ranging from COVID-19, the Wuhan virus, the Chinese virus, Rona virus and in some places in Africa “the rich man’s virus”.

The pandemic has sparked a lot of conspiracy theories as regards the origin, its spread and the search for a cure since its discovery. This article will help to enlighten you more on the following:

The Origin

The Countries Affected

The Race for a cure

The Effect of the pandemic of different Economies

Any Hope for the future?

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC: THE ORIGIN

This particular subject has brought a lot of attention with many persons trying to prove it started in china or those trying to prove that it started from the USA. The only known and proven fact about the origins of COVID-19 is that it started in late December 2019 in a seafood wholesale wet market, the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, Hubei, China.

An article from the Journals lWW of the Chinese medical association further buttressed this point

In late December 2019, a previous unidentified coronavirus, currently named as the 2019 novel coronavirus, emerged from Wuhan, China, and resulted in a formidable outbreak in many cities in China. It expanded globally, including Thailand, Republic of Korea, Japan, United States, Philippines, Viet Nam, and our country (as of 2/6/2020 at least 25 countries). The disease is officially named as Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19, by WHO on February 11, 2020). It is also named as Severe Pneumonia with Novel Pathogens on January 15, 2019 by the Taiwan CDC, the Ministry of Health and is a notifiable communicable disease of the fifth category. COVID-19 is a potential zoonotic disease with low to moderate (estimated 2%–5%) mortality rate. Person-to-person transmission may occur through droplet or contact transmission and if there is a lack of stringent infection control or if no proper personal protective equipment available, it may jeopardize the first-line healthcare workers.

Furthermore, the Science Direct   journal of advanced research,  in their abstract said that

The coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) is a highly transmittable and pathogenic viral infection caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which emerged in Wuhan, China and spread around the world. Genomic analysis revealed that SARS-CoV-2 is phylogenetically related to severe acute respiratory syndrome-like (SARS-like) bat viruses, therefore bats could be the possible primary reservoir.

THE COUNTRIES AFFECTED

As at 6th may 2020, 212 countries and territories around the world have reported a total of 3,777,569 confirmed cases of the coronavirus pandemic since it started in December according to the worldometer.info. The death toll of the pandemic stands at 261,205 deaths and an inconclusive number of recoveries but it stands at about 1million.

The countries affected and its arranged according to the highest order of confirmed coronavirus:

USA                        

SPAIN                          

ITALY                          

UNITED KINGDOM

FRANCE

GERMANY

RUSSIA

TURKEY

BRAZIL

IRAN

CHINA

CANADA

INDIA

PERU

BELGIUM

NETHERLANDS

SAUDI ARABIA

ECUADOR

SWITZERLAND

PORTUGAL

MEXICO

SWEDEN

CHILE

PAKISTAN

IRELAND

SINGAPORE

BELARUS

QATAR

ISRAEL

JAPAN

AUSTRIA

UAE

POLAND

ROMANIA

UKRAINE

INDONESIA

BANGLADESH

SOUTH KOREA

PHILIPPINES

DENMARK

SERBIA

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

COLOMBIA

NORWAY

CZECH REPUBLIC

EGYPT

SOUTH AFRICA

PANAMA

AUSTRALIA

MALAYSIA

KUWAIT

FINLAND

MOROCCO

ARGENTINA

ALGERIA

MOLDOVA

KAZAKHSTAN

LUXEMBOURG

BAHRAIN

AFGHANISTAN

HUNGARY

THAILAND

NIGERIA

OMAN

ARMENIA

GHANA

GREECE

IRAQ

CAMERON

CROATIA

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

GUINEA

BOLIVIA

ICELAND

BULGARIA

ESTONIA

CUBA

NORTH MACEDONIA

NEW ZELAND

COTE DÍVOIRE

SLOVENIA

SENEGAL

SLOVAKIA

LITHUANIA

HONDURAS

DJIBOUTI

HONG KONG

TUNISIA

LATVIA

CYPRUS

Other countries

SOMALIA

KYRGYZSTAN

SUDAN

ALBANIA

DR CONGO

SRI LANKA

NIGER

GUATEMALA

COSTA RICA

ANDORRA

LEBANON

MAYOTTE

BURKINA FASO

URUGUAY

EL SALVADOR

MALI

MALDIVES

GEORGIA

SAN MARINO

KENYA

CHANNEL ISLANDS

MALTA

TANZANIA

GUINEA-BISSAU

JAMAICA

JORDAN

TAIWAN

EQUATORIAL GUINEA

PARAGUAY

REUNION

GABON

TAJIKISTAN

STATE OF PALESTINE

VENEZUELA

MAURITIUS

ISLE OF MAN

MONTENEGRO

VIETNAM

CONGO

RWANDA

SIERRA LEONE

CABO VERDE

FAROE ISLANDS

MARTINIQUE

LIBERIA

SAO TOME & PRINCIPE

CHAD

ETHIOPIA

MYANMAR

MADAGASCAR

GUADELOUPE

GIBRALTAR

ZAMBIA

BRUNEI

FRENCH GUIANA

TOGO

CAMBODIA

ESWATINI

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

BERMUDA

HAITI

ARUBA

NEPAL

UGANDA

BENIN

MONACO

The CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

GUYANA

BAHAMAS

BARBADOS

LIECHTENSTEIN

MOZAMBIQUE

CAYMAN ISLANDS

SINT MAARTEN

LIBYA

FRENCH POLYNESIA

SOUTH SUDAN

SYRIA

MACAO

MALAWI

MONGOLIA

ERITREA

SAIN MARTIN

ANGOLA

ZIMBABWE

YEMEN

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

TIMOR-LESTE

BOTSWANA

GRENADA

LAOS

BELIZE

SAINT LUCIA

FIJI

NEW CALEDONIA

GAMBIA

ST. VINCENT & GRENADINES

NICARAGUA

CURACAO

DOMINICA

NAMIBIA

BURUNDI

Territories

SAINT KITTS & NEVIS

FALKLAND ISLANDS

TURKS AND CAICOS

MONTSERRAT

SEYCHELLES

GREENLAND

HOLY SEE

SURINAME

MS ZAANDAM

MAURITANIA

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

BHUTAN

SAINT BARTHELEMY

CARIBBEAN NETHERLANDS

WESTERN SAHARA

COMOROS

ANGUILLA

SAINT PIERRE MIQUELON

Most of the countries affected responded differently than others. Example of countries that responded and tested faster are south Korea, new Zeland and a handful of other countries.

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC: THE SEARCH FOR A CURE

Doctor weary of coronavirus pandemic

There is no clinically approved antiviral drug or vaccine available to be used against COVID-19. However, few broad-spectrum antiviral drugs have been evaluated against COVID-19 in clinical trials, resulted in clinical recovery.

A lot of countries like China, USA, UK, Sweden and so on have been conducting some clinical trials while other countries like Madagascar have taken a more herbal and traditional approach.

THE EFFECT OF THE PANDEMIC ON WORLD ECONOMIES

One of the most evident and direct effects of COVID-19 is the breakdown of the world economy’s due to necessary lockdowns and curfews impose by different countries. This lockdown has affected a lot of businesses and even though some businesses are trying to adapt by taking their’s online, it has created a paradigm shift into the way people use some goods. Businesses like airlines have let go of some of their staff since most of them are not working, while others took a pay cut.

Some countries like the USA and Canada have approved billions of dollars worth of emergency funding for businesses, while other countries like the UK decided to support businesses so as to keep their workers and avoid an unemployment spike.

Sectors like sports have all put their seasons, tournaments and competitions on hold. While some football leagues like the French Ligue 1 Season Ends Due To Coronavirus and the dutch league have all ended their season abruptly without completing them.

The wall street and a whole bunch of other companies experienced a massive plunge in their stocks since the coronavirus pandemic started. Oil-producing countries like Nigeria have taken a turn for the worse as oil hit its lowest since it first sold and has been struggling to recover. These also led to the United Nations predicting an increase in global hunger and with the virus still spreading it will take a while for us to get back to life as we knew it.

ANY HOPE FOR THE FUTURE?

The pandemic has changed the world as we know it and even though it may seem that more bad things are still happening around us. Things like the global hunger crisis, high unemployment rates, locust infestation in east Africa, murder hornet in the US and a meteor that nearly hit earth; one thing still stands out and that is humans ability to bounce back.

This bounce-back ability is seen in the way people are trying to get creative with the lockdown and also how some rich persons are helping in contributing money to the research and cure for the coronavirus pandemic.

As we stay at home during this lockdown lets always remember that the virus only moves if we move and to wear a mask whenever we are going out.

A lot of advancements have been made as regards providing a cure for the coronavirus but the UK has been leading the race to provide a cure through the University of Oxford. We hope that by the end of the year we would have a Vaccine for the coronavirus.

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