CORONA: When nature roars man’s in crisis
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HEALTH | On 31 December 2019 health authorities in Wuhan, Hubei, China, reported a cluster of viral pneumonia cases of unknown cause and an investigation was launched in early January 2020. These cases mostly had links to the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market and so the virus is thought to have a zoonotic origin. Meaning it can be transmitted from animals to humans. The current scientific consensus is that Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has a natural origin.
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The virus is primarily spread between people during close contact, often via small droplets produced by coughing, sneezing, or talking. People may also become infected by touching a contaminated surface and then touching their face. In experimental settings, the virus may survive on surfaces for up to 72 hours. It is most contagious during the first three days after the onset of symptoms, although spread may be possible before symptoms appear and in later stages of the disease.
Since its discovery, the Coronavirus has spread globally, resulting in the ongoing 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic. Cases of infections and deaths have been reported across 185 countries and territories. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020, and recognised it as a pandemic on 11 March 2020.
The pandemic has caused severe global socioeconomic disruption, including the largest global recession since the Great Depression. It has led to the postponement or cancellation of sporting, religious, political and cultural events, widespread supply shortages exacerbated by panic buying, and decreased emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. Schools, universities and colleges have closed either on a nationwide or local basis in 194 countries, affecting approximately 98.4 per cent of the world’s student population. Misinformation about the virus being man-made or being linked to 5G has spread online, and there have been incidents of xenophobia and discrimination against Chinese people and against those perceived as being Chinese, or as being from areas with high infection rates.
Last updated on: 26 April 2020
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Zapedski Regular Edition #6:
Limited edition art print on paper,
29,7 x 42 cm (11,7 x 16,5 inch),
1st printing, MAR/2020, 250 copies
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