China’s National Health Commission has confirmed 80 deaths and more than 2,700 infected cases of coronavirus. The national tally of verified infections rose to 769, around half of them in Hubei. It said 461 of those infected were in serious condition. China has locked down Hubei in the country’s centre, an unprecedented operation affecting tens of millions of people and intended to slow transmission of the respiratory virus. Originating in Hubei’s capital of Wuhan, the virus has spread throughout China and across the world – with cases confirmed in around a dozen countries including as far away as the United States, as per AFP reports.
Dr. Rommel Tickoo, Senior Consultant, Internal Medicine at Max Super Speciality Hospital explains, “The most challenging part about this is there is no cure for the disease. One may experience symptoms like fever, running nose, sore throat and body ache. People are also not aware of the disease which can be quite dangerous. Protocols for testing the infection are being designed.
There is no specific treatment or vaccine available in the market. Under such circumstances, it is essential that the public is educated about preventive measures.