So What IS Coronavirus Exactly?
Updated: Mar 9, 2020
It’s the “big bad wolf” at the doorstep that everyone’s talking about. The disease on the tip of the tongue of everyone from politicians to scientists and late-night comedians. In case you’ve been binging Netflix at home for the past month or so, we know you’ve heard all about it--the coronavirus.
But how much do you actually know about coronavirus (COVID-19)?
The truth is that there is a LOT of information out there about COVID-19, but sometimes having too much information available makes it difficult to consolidate it all and condense things down to the information you absolutely NEED to know.
So we’ve done that work for you.
The ABC’s of COVID-19
First, the name “COVID-19” is a very simple way to address the disease. “CO” standing for “corona,” “VI” for “virus,” and “D” for “disease.” The 19 indicates the year in which the virus was first identified, 2019.
Coronavirus itself is not a new thing. There are several types of coronaviruses that have already been identified prior to this latest strain. They commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses.
The particular strain of coronavirus we’re hearing about now, however is known as a novel coronavirus, meaning it’s something previously unseen in humans.
Where Did it Come From?
There are a couple of different answers to that question. First, geographically, COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, China.
As to how the disease itself first presented itself, there are quite a few theories out there, but many scientists believe the horseshoe bat is the source of this strain of the coronavirus, as these bats have harbored similar viruses before.
The New Flu?
Given that COVID-19 directly affects respiratory function, many are comparing it to the flu. It’s not a bad comparison to make, but it also isn’t entirely accurate.
For one, as of now, COVID-19 is much deadlier than the flu. Usually, the average flu strain kills about 0.1 percent of those infected, while COVID-19 has a mortality rate of roughly 2 percent. But many experts have concluded that the mortality rate could actually begin to mirror that of the flu once milder cases and symptoms are identified and medications are developed to combat the disease.
How Many Are Affected?
To date, there are more than 3,000 deaths worldwide linked to COVID-19, with obviously the vast majority of those coming from China and surrounding areas.
Here in the U.S., 88 cases have been reported, with two deaths as of March 2nd, 2020.
But the truth is that COVID-19 has affected us all, in one way or another. Global financial markets have suffered their worst one-week period since the 2008 financial crisis as a result of the quarantines and lost production from China.
With so much information available on a virus like COVID-19, it’s easy to get caught up in misinformation and panic. Make sure to consult trusted sources, including your own physician, about COVID-19, its symptoms, and how you can prevent it. MDBox medical providers are also taking LIVE video chat calls to help understand your symptoms and help you get better faster.