PAHO Issues Novel Coronavirus Alert For The Americas

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January 23, 2020

UPDATE: The coronavirus is now considered a global pandemic and every country is taking measures to prevent the spread further. Young, healthy individuals aren’t seriously affected by the virus but it can be deadly to older people and those with pre-existing health issues. A lot of countries have gone into lockdown and people have been told they shouldn’t leave their homes unless they absolutely need to. While this is a necessary step to take to prevent the spread, it is damaging for vulnerable people who are going through recovery during COVID-19. They don’t have the support system they normally do and have to continue their recovery simply by contacting people online. This makes it a lot harder for them to get better.

Coronavirus is also having an impact on businesses and essential services that the public would have the ability to access in real life. Take legal practice, for example. While many people are staying at home and isolating, leading to fewer legal issues and less business for legal practices, legal problems are not disappearing. Many legal practices, like, are offering a coronavirus discount for new clients due to the shared economic problems of both parties. This is just one example of an affected business that is still needed by many, but not easily accessible.

Press Release:- The Pan American Health Organization has updated an alert to its member countries on the Novel Coronavirus (nCoV), recommending that they strengthen surveillance activities to detect patients with acute respiratory disease, and that “health care workers have access to up to date information on the illness, be familiar with the principles and procedures for handling nCoV infections, and be trained to consult a patient’s travel history to link this information with clinical data.”

Four countries have now reported confirmed cases to the World Organization Health (WHO): China (198 cases, including three deaths, 2 cases in Beijing and 1 case in Guandong, all imported from Wuhan), Japan (1 case, imported from Wuhan, China), Thailand (two cases imported from Wuhan, China) and Republic of Korea (1 case imported from Wuhan, China).

The alert notes there is still “uncertainty about the new pathogen and the spectrum of manifestations it may cause, the source of infection, the mode of transmission, the incubation period, the severity of the disease and the specific control measures.” Many people are opting to wear a N95 Mask Canada, or a similar face mask, to help keep themselves safe, however.

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.

PAHO/WHO encourage its Member States to strengthen surveillance activities to detect any unusual respiratory health event, and will closely monitor the epidemiological evolution of the situation, providing more detailed guidance when available. Current studies show that medicine is unlikely to transfer the illness, meaning those who are worried about coronavirus and kratom intake can rest easier in these trying times.

PAHO/WHO does not recommend any screening at entry points regarding this event, nor any restrictions on travel or trade.

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