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As the coronavirus spreads faster than fire, everyday a new medical term is entering the glossary. Understanding the transmission and analyzing the statistics of the growth, the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) has confirmed this disease as a pandemic. So, how does an epidemic and pandemic differ? Coronavirus being highly contagious, health officials recommend patients “social distancing” and “self-quarantining”. But what do they mean? This blog will take you through clinical words and phrases essential to understand COVID-19 and its latest developments.
Epidemic and Pandemic
According to the World Health Organization (W.H.O), an epidemic is an illness that outbreaks in a region unexpectedly. Unlike normal diseases, epidemics spread without any warning and effects a set of population above normal expectations. COVID-19 started as an epidemic from the city of Wuhan, China but was declared as a pandemic as it spread across more than 100 countries worldwide. A disease which spreads worldwide is regarded as a pandemic. According to Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the W.H.O, the organization took time to coin this disease as pandemic as they didn’t want to use the term carelessly.
What is COVID-19?
The clinical term for this Coronavirus disease is SARS-CoV-2. It is a respiratory disease caused by virus and is commonly known as Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19. The name has been crafted after the crown like spikes of the disease-causing virus, that look like the sun’s corona. Coronaviruses are referred to a group of viruses that are present in both human and animals. However, the new virus that has caused SARS-CoV-2, originated in China and is believed to have spread from bats.
Antibiotics don’t work against viruses. As viruses cannot be killed, researchers are trying to figure out antidots that could distort their proteins and cease infection.
Flattening the Curve
As the COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, a chart has gone viral that can make people understand the speed and scale of the pandemic. Known as “Flattening the Curve”, the curve sheds light on the wave of the cases expected to hit. When the curve is high, it means the virus is spreading rapidly. It also portrays the increasing number of deaths and lack of medical care. On the other hand, a low wave represents slow development. When it is low, it means medical teams have both time and resources to treat and save more lives.
Illustrated by Rosamund Pearce, the visual data journalist, the “Flattening the Curve” also comes with a flatter slope that indicates a gradual increase of infection over a certain period of time.
State of Emergency Been Declared
Now that the disease has spread over most continents, a state of emergency has been declared over most of the infected countries. So, when does a state call of an emergency? – when a natural disaster, epidemic or any other health emergency hits a state. With increasing number of COVID-19 cases, dozens of states in the USA have declared a state of emergency, including Michigan, New Jersey and New York. The have called for emergency as an initiative to take preventive measures and protect the public from infection. These states are putting up emergency regulations and reallocating funds to diminish the spread of the disease.
Incubation Period of COVID-19
Before talking about the incubation period of COVID-19. Let’s first learn what the term ‘incubation’ means. The incubation period is referred to the time for symptoms to appear as a person gets infected with a disease. Clinically, this period is very critical for prevention and control. If an individual has symptoms, it allows the health officials to put that person under observation or quarantine.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.) the incubation period for COVID-19 can be from 2 to 14 days. In most of the cases, the symptoms started appearing from the fifth day of infection. During the incubation period, even if the infected people are not exhibiting any symptom, it is possible that they shed the virus particles wherever they go. This makes the situation very challenging as it becomes almost impossible to identify and isolate the people who got infected from the virus.
Ways to Skip COVID-19
The two most effective ways to avoid this communicable disease are social-distancing and self-quarantine.
So, let’s first talk about social-distancing and its importance to prevent this pandemic. The COVID-19 virus has the ability to spread rapidly in crowded or dense places. Whether it is a packed subway or a crowded concert, public gatherings are considered to be the primary points from which this diseases spreads.
To fight this disease effectively, the very first step people should consider is social distancing. The more the proximity between people decreases, the spread of virus will get reduced. Thus, administrations are encouraging cancellation or postponing of mass gatherings and to fight it hard, closing the educational institutes and promoting the concept of work from home. Apart from that, while meeting or greeting a person, one should also try to keep a proximity of 6-feet to minimize the spread of this disease.
Now, let’s discuss self-quarantine, as it is the key that stops virus from escalation. Self-quarantine along with social distancing and self-disciplinary measures like sanitizing hands and using masks are really effective at keeping the coronavirus at bay.
Sometimes quarantine is also associated with isolation. However, there’s a difference between the two terms. While isolation is all about separating a diseased person from healthy people, quarantine is referred to the limitation of movement of the individuals exposed to the infection. It is a process of clinical observation to check if they fall sick.
So, what are your thoughts about self-quarantine? According to the C.D.C., people who have visited the area infected with COVID-19 must self-quarantine. They should consult health departments and stay separate at home for at least 14 days.
Fatality Rate of COVID-19
What is fatality rate? It is calculated by dividing the total number of deaths by the total number of affected people. With the widespread of COVID-19, scientists have come up with a new term infection fatality rate that calculates the death rate from the infected virus. According to the World Health Organization (W.H.O), the total death rate of COVID-19 is 3%. However, the experts believe that in actual the percentage is 1%.
R-Naught of Coronavirus
Want to know how contagious coronavirus is and why we recommend COVID19 Cleaning? R0 or R-naught might help you to understand that. It is a metric used to find how much infectious a disease is. Also known as reproduction number, the metrics are used to measure the rate at which an infection spread.
As said by Dr. Adam Kucharski (mathematician at the London school of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), the reproductive number of the coronavirus can help people understand the seriousness of the pandemic. If the R-Naught scores above one, the probability of infection is one in every other person and it means the infection is spreading speedily. On the other hand, if the number is less than 1, it is less contagious. The research on R-naught of coronavirus is at a very early stage. However, experts believe that a person carrying COVID-19 can infect between two-four people on average.
How to Control COVID-19?
Coronavirus has a high transmission rate which is why ECOS recommends COVID19 Cleaning. This characteristic has made it tough to control its outbreak. According to Dr. Adam Ratner (the director at NYU Langone Health for division of pediatric infectious diseases), containment of the infection fully depends upon the tools and facilities available to minimize the transmission of it.
In the very early stage, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the USA, the government had stopped the entrance of the foreign nationals from China. However, the rule was not applicable for the American citizens who had travelled to China. Though the step helped the administration to prepare for the emergency, the lack of observation or testing centers made the situation adverse. Early stage of observation plays the key role in such cases and would have made containment much easier.
Containment of coronavirus in particular is very challenging. It is a highly transmissible disease and many of the carriers even don’t exhibit any symptoms, but still pass on the infection to others. The speed at which the pandemic is grasping the whole world, it can be easily stated that the world is extremely interconnected, and every country should unite to fight this pandemic strongly.