The Coronavirus outbreak is one of the scariest things I’ve seen in recent years. Just a quick look on Twitter shows what appears to be the apocalypse taking place right before our very eyes.
There’s videos of people dropping to the street, people collapsing in hospitals, guys being forced in quarantine cages, army blocking entrance and exit from cities, doctors having break-downs. It’s unbelievably scary.
There’s even been stories of parents abandoning their own children in order to escape the virus.
The disease is estimated to have been contracted by at least 830 people, 26 of whom have already passed away.
At the minute, Coronavirus is not yet considered a public health emergency however that isn’t to say that the world is not incredibly worried about its potential.
Symptoms of Coronavirus are as follows:
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Scientists are currently uncertain as to of what caused the outbreak, however now they think they have a good idea.
They think the virus could be linked to fruit-bats and countless videos of people eating bat soup have been uploaded to social media recently.
They believe the fruit bat could be hosting the virus, just like it did with SARS too.
Gao Fu, director of the Chinese center for disease control and prevention, explained in a report published by Rappler:
We already know that the disease originated from a market which conducted illegal transaction of wild animals.
This might be the cause, so the disease could be on an animal, and then passed on from this animal to a human.
Gao added that it was clear ‘this virus is adapting and mutating.’