A world pandemic has shaken the world of 2020. It is the coronavirus that extensively affecting the lives of people in every country. Coronavirus is a collective name for a range of viruses that include MERs (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome) that have been occurring since 2012 and SERs (Severe acute respiratory syndrome), whereas COVID-19 is the latest disease. The treatment is based on the symptoms of the patients currently with a status of 20% of cases being severe. The rest are treatable through care and isolation. Let us know more about the timeline of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Timeline Of COVID-19 Outbreak
The case first came to the WHO on December 31, as there was an increase in cases of odd pneumonia. It initially started in Wuhan, China. Similar to most of the viruses spread, this had an animal origin and spread due to a wet market in Wuhan city of China. The dense interactions in the market resulted in the spread of the virus initially.
January: The WHO addressed the issue and named the new virus 2019 n-Cov. On January 11, the first death due to this virus was recorded of a 61-year-old man who had consumed food from the sea-food market of Wuhan. The first case outside China was in Thailand, and the count of such instances gradually spread in the US, France, Taiwan, Nepal, France, etc. It was declared to have spread through human contact, and the lockdown was stated in China. Coronavirus then became a global emergency and the WHO confirmed it by the end of January.
February: The first death outside China was in the Philippines. WHO changed the name of the Virus to COVID-19, which also translates to SARS-CoV-2. The total number of cases worldwide had increased to 82,000 by the end of February. Countries started enforcing the rule to Quarantine if people are showing any symptoms or if they have travel history from any of the countries affected by the virus. There was an escalation of cases all over the world.
March: WHO declared coronavirus to be a world pandemic while the virus spread to middle eastern countries. It reached almost every part of the world. Europe reported 53,578 cases around March 21 being the most affected at that point with 838 new deaths within 24 hours on March 24. The global rate of death surged to 10,000.
April: Wuhan reported that they sorted every case of coronavirus, and allowed people to out of Quarantine. Also, there were more lockdowns and cut-off of all transportation systems. Total cases worldwide are 191,727, with Spain being the most affected.
The UN has commented on the COVID-19 situation being the worst crisis since World War II. In the note of such a grim situation of possible economic recession and increasing deaths, the lockdown has also resulted in the restoration of nature and a decrease in pollution. Besides, there have been extensive measures by every country. There is also hope for a future that is COVID-19 free if we take all precautions.