Dr. Ravi A. Patel,MD, MPH (A Physician, An Author, A Health-Coach & An Entrepreneur)
Coronavirus outbreak 2020
SARS outbreak in 2002, from guangdong city of china believed to have spread from the bats
affecting 8000 people across 26 countries and now coronavirus epidemic affecting 90000 people worldwide and causing more than 3000 deaths is also found to be 96% related to the bats and 99% to pangolin mammal.
Despite the fact that they reserchers have not been actually able to pinpoint the exact source of virus, coronavirus is considered to be a zoonotic virus. A study done in the university of berkely california found that bats immune system are more powerful than humans. Hence if the virus affected bats has to enter bats immune system must make itself more virulent by multiplying rapidly and other structural modifications. Once bats are affected themselves through their saliva and feces they affect other animals as well and when human come in contact with bats or animals affected by bats they also become the part of chain of victims. Human immune system being weaker than the bats and these animal’s system it could lead to high morbidity and fatality among humans. Elder people, the people who have underlying diseases like diabetes that could weaken the immune system and premature infants are at high risk of fatality after acquiring this virus
Coronavirus are zoonotic virus meaning they are transmitted from animals to humans. It can be presented as common cold, flulike, Coughing, breathing difficulty, and in severe cases difficulty of breathing, pneumonia, kidney failure and even death. As the virus has tendency to spread from human to human by close contact via air droplets, sneezing and coughing it is best prevented Firstly, by avoiding contact with person who may seem to be presenting like common cold. Secondly, by consumption of meat of bats, pangolins and as such any possible animal that could potentially be the source of coronavirus. Routine hygiene measures for sure can reduce prevention of coronavirus.
ELDERLY PEOPLE, PEOPLE WITH UNDERLYING DISEASES LIKE DIABETES THAT COULD WEAKEN OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM AND PREMATURE INFANTS ARE AT HIGH RISK. HENCE THEY SHOULD TAKE ALL THE MEASURES TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM THIS DISEASES. ALSO IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO CONSULT FAMILY PHYSICIAN OR INFECTION DISEASE SPECIALIST TO DISCUSS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS