The Coronavirus, the newly identified virus believed to have originated in a livestock market in Wuhan has spread across China and all over the world. Furthermore, the virus have affected over 4.66 million people globally. Over 1.7 million people worldwide have recovered, and over 312 thousand people have died.

 

What is a coronavirus?

 

This new virus belongs to a family of viruses known as coronaviruses. Named for the crown-like spikes on their surfaces, they infect mostly bats, pigs and small mammals. Furthermore, they mutate easily and can jump from animals to humans, and from one human to another.

In recent years, they have become a growing player in infectious-disease outbreaks world-wide. At the moment, scientists are still racing to learn more about this deadly virus.

 

How deadly is this new virus?

 

It appears to be less deadly than SARS: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which also started in China in 2002 and spread all over the world. Back then, SARS killed about 10% of the people it infected, while about 3% of the people confirmed to be infected with this new coronavirus have died.

Many of those who have died are elderly or have other illnesses such as diabetes. Furthermore the new virus may spread from one person to another more easily than SARS, some early disease modelling suggests.

 

How is the Coronavirus spread among Humans

 

COVID-19 is primarily transmitted from infected people to others through respiratory droplets, direct contact with infected persons, and by contact with contaminated objects and surfaces.

  • Cough or Sneezing
  • Kiss or other contact with saliva
  • Touching an infected person
  • Touching a contaminated objects or surfaces

 

How to protect Yourself From Coronavirus

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Clean your hands often with an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Maintain a safe distance from anyone who is sick
  • Avoid congested areas
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Make sure you cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell.
  • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention
  • Follow the directions of your local health authority

 

Countries Affected at the Moment as at May 17

     

Country                                                  Cases               Deaths             Region

United States                                      1,509,341        90,134            North America

Russia                                                  281,752           2,631              Europe

Spain                                                    277,719           27,650            Europe

United Kingdom                                240,161           34,466            Europe

Brazil                                                    233,511           15,662            South America

Italy                                                       224,760           31,763            Europe

France                                                  179,365           27,625            Europe

Germany                                              176,252           8,027              Europe

Turkey                                                  148,067           4,096              Asia

Iran                                                        120,198           6,988              Asia

India                                                      91,449             2,896              Asia

Peru                                                      88,541             2,523              South America

China                                                    82,947             4,633              Asia

Canada                                                 75,864             5,679              North America

Belgium                                               55,280             9,052              Europe

Saudi Arabia                                       54,752             312                  Asia

Mexico                                                  47,144             5,045              North America

Netherlands                                        43,995             5,680              Europe

Chile                                                     41,428             421                  South America

Pakistan                                               40,151             873                  Asia

Ecuador                                               32,763             2,688              South America

Qatar                                                     32,604             15                    Asia

Switzerland                                         30,587             1,881              Europe

Sweden                                                30,143             3,679              Europe

Belarus                                                 29,650             165                  Europe

Portugal                                               29,036             1,218              Europe

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Singapore                                            28,038             22                    Asia

Ireland                                                  24,048             1,533              Europe

United Arab Emirates                       23,358             220                  Asia

Bangladesh                                         22,268             328                  Asia

Poland                                                  18,394             919                  Europe

Ukraine                                                 18,291             514                  Europe

Indonesia                                             17,514             1,148              Asia

Japan (+Diamond Princess)           16,949             738                  Asia

Romania                                              16,871             1,104              Europe

Israel                                                     16,607             271                  Asia

Austria                                                 16,242             629                  Europe

Colombia                                             14,939             562                  South America

Kuwait                                                  14,850             112                  Asia

South Africa                                       14,355             261                  Africa

Philippines                                          12,513             824                  Asia

Dominican Republic                         12,110             428                  North America

Egypt                                                    11,719             612                  Africa

South Korea                                       11,050             262                  Asia

Denmark                                              10,927             547                  Europe

Serbia                                                   10,610             230                  Europe

Panama                                                9,449                269                  North America

Czech Republic (Czechia)              8,457                297                  Europe

Norway                                                 8,237                232                  Europe

Argentina                                             7,805                363                  South America

Australia                                              7,045                98                    Australia/Oceania

Malaysia                                               6,894                113                  Asia

Algeria                                                  6,821                542                  Africa

Morocco                                               6,798                192                  Africa

Bahrain                                                6,747                12                    Asia

Afghanistan                                        6,664                169                  Asia

Finland                                                 6,347                298                  Europe

Kazakhstan                                         6,157                34                    Asia

Moldova                                               5,934                207                  Europe

Ghana                                                   5,735                29                    Africa

Nigeria                                                  5,621                176                  Africa

Oman                                                    5,186                22                    Asia

Armenia                                               4,472                60                    Asia

Luxembourg                                       3,930                104                  Europe

Bolivia                                                  3,826                165                  South America

Hungary                                               3,509                451                  Europe

Iraq                                                        3,260                121                  Asia

Azerbaijan                                           3,138                36                    Asia

Cameroon                                           3,105                140                  Africa

Thailand                                               3,028                56                    Asia

Greece                                                  2,819                162                  Europe

Uzbekistan                                          2,741                11                    Asia

Guinea                                                  2,658                16                    Africa

Honduras                                             2,565                138                  North America

Senegal                                                2,480                25                    Africa

Bosnia and Herzegovina                 2,290                133                  Europe

Sudan                                                   2,289                97                    Africa

Croatia                                                 2,226                95                    Europe

Bulgaria                                               2,211                108                  Europe

Côte d’Ivoire                                       2,061                25                    Africa

Cuba                                                     1,862                79                    North America

Iceland                                                 1,802                10                    Europe

North Macedonia                               1,792                101                  Europe

Estonia                                                 1,774                63                    Europe

Guatemala                                           1,763                33                    North America

Lithuania                                             1,541                56                    Europe

New Zealand                                       1,499                21                    Australia/Oceania

Slovakia                                               1,494                28                    Europe

Slovenia                                               1,466                104                  Europe

DR Congo                                            1,455                61                    Africa

Somalia                                                1,357                55                    Africa

El Salvador                                         1,338                27                    North America

Djibouti                                                1,331                4                      Africa

Tajikistan                                             1,322                36                    Asia

Gabon                                                   1,320                11                    Africa

Mayotte                                                1,312                18                    Africa

Kyrgyzstan                                          1,138                14                    Asia

Maldives                                              1,078                4                      Asia

Hong Kong                                          1,056                4                      Asia

Tunisia                                                 1,037                45                    Africa

Latvia                                                    1,008                19                    Europe

Guinea-Bissau                                   969                   4                      Africa

Sri Lanka                                             960                   9                      Asia

Albania                                                 946                   31                    Europe

Lebanon                                               928                   26                    Asia

Cyprus                                                 914                   17                    Asia

Niger                                                     889                   51                    Africa

Mali                                                       860                   52                    Africa

Costa Rica                                           853                   10                    North America

Kenya                                                   830                   50                    Africa

Burkina Faso                                      782                   51                    Africa

Paraguay                                             778                   11                    South America

Andorra                                                761                   51                    Europe

Zambia                                                 753                   7                      Africa

Uruguay                                               733                   19                    South America

Georgia                                                695                   12                    Asia

San Marino                                          654                   41                    Europe

Jordan                                                  607                   9                      Asia

Equatorial Guinea                             594                   7                      Africa

Channel Islands                                 554                   43                    Europe

Malta                                                     553                   6                      Europe

Jamaica                                               517                   9                      North America

Tanzania                                              509                   21                    Africa

Venezuela                                            504                   10                    South America

Chad                                                     474                   50                    Africa

Sierra Leone                                       462                   29                    Africa

Réunion                                               443                   0                      Africa

Taiwan                                                  440                   7                      Asia

Congo                                                   391                   15                    Africa

State of Palestine                              376                   2                      Asia

Haiti                                                       358                   20                    North America

Benin                                                    339                   2                      Africa

Isle of Man                                           335                   24                    Europe

Mauritius                                             332                   10                    Africa

Cabo Verde                                         328                   3                      Africa

Central African Republic                 327                   0                      Africa

Montenegro                                        324                   9                      Europe

Vietnam                                                320                   0                      Asia

Ethiopia                                               317                   5                      Africa

Madagascar                                        304                   1                      Africa

Togo                                                     298                   11                    Africa

Nepal                                                    292                   2                      Asia

Rwanda                                                289                   0                      Africa

South Sudan                                       236                   4                      Africa

Sao Tome & Principe                       235                   7                      Africa

Uganda                                                 227                   0                      Africa

Liberia                                                  226                   21                    Africa

Eswatini                                               202                   2                      Africa

French Guiana                                   197                   1                      South America

Martinique                                           192                   14                    North America

Faeroe Islands                                   187                   0                      Europe

Myanmar                                              182                   6                      Asia

Guadeloupe                                        155                   13                    North America

Gibraltar                                               147                   0                      Europe

Brunei                                                   141                   1                      Asia

Mongolia                                              136                   0                      Asia

Mozambique                                       129                   0                      Africa

Bermuda                                              123                   9                      North America

Yemen                                                  122                   18                    Asia

Cambodia                                            122                   0                      Asia

Guyana                                                 117                   10                    South America

Trinidad and Tobago                        116                   8                      North America

Aruba                                                    101                   3                      North America

Bahamas                                             96                     11                    North America

Monaco                                                96                     4                      Europe

Cayman Islands                                 94                     1                      North America

Barbados                                             86                     7                      North America

Liechtenstein                                     82                     1                      Europe

Sint Maarten                                       77                     15                    North America

Malawi                                                  65                     3                      Africa

Libya                                                     65                     3                      Africa

French Polynesia                              60                     0                      Australia/Oceania

Syria                                                     51                     3                      Asia

Angola                                                  48                     2                      Africa

Macao                                                   45                     0                      Asia

Zimbabwe                                            44                     4                      Africa

Mauritania                                           40                     4                      Africa

Saint Martin                                        39                     3                      North America

Eritrea                                                   39                     0                      Africa

Nicaragua                                            25                     8                      North America

Antigua and Barbuda                       25                     3                      North America

Botswana                                            24                     1                      Africa

Timor-Leste                                        24                     0                      Asia

Gambia                                                 23                     1                      Africa

Grenada                                               22                     0                      North America

Bhutan                                                 21                     0                      Asia

Laos                                                      19                     0                      Asia

Belize                                                    18                     2                      North America

New Caledonia                                   18                     0                      Australia/Oceania

Fiji                                                         18                     0                      Australia/Oceania

Saint Lucia                                          18                     0                      North America

St. Vincent & Grenadines               17                     0                      North America

Curaçao                                               16                     1                      North America

Namibia                                                16                     0                      Africa

Dominica                                             16                     0                      North America

Burundi                                                15                     1                      Africa

Saint Kitts & Nevis                            15                     0                      North America

Falkland Islands                                13                     0                      South America

Turks and Caicos                              12                     1                      North America

Holy See                                              12                     0                      Europe

Montserrat                                           11                     1                      North America

Comoros                                              11                     1                      Africa

Seychelles                                           11                     0                      Africa

Greenland                                           11                     0                      North America

Suriname                                             10                     1                      South America

MS Zaandam                                       9                       2                     

British Virgin Islands                       8                       1                      North America

Papua New Guinea                           8                       0                      Australia/Oceania

Western Sahara                                 6                       0                      Africa

Saint Barthelemy                               6                       0                      North America

Caribbean Netherlands                   6                       0                      North America

Anguilla                                               3                       0                      North America

Lesotho                                                1                       0                      Africa

Saint Pierre & Miquelon                  1                       0                      North America