Coronavirus Covid-19 Live Map Tracking: The latest news and updates about the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic and a live map to keep track of the spread of the virus worldwide. Also there will be information about the Coronavirus, and some tips to avoid being contamined and to protect yoursef from Coronavirus Covid-19.
What is Coronavirus Covid-19?
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face.
At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. WHO will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings become available.
How Coronavirus Covid-19 Spreads?
People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales.
These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets.
This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.
Coronavirus COVID-19 Incubation Period
The incubation period (time from exposure to the development of symptoms) of the virus is estimated to be between 2 and 14 days based on the following sources:
- The World Health Organization (WHO) reported an incubation period for COVID-19 between 2 and 10 days.
- China’s National Health Commission (NHC) had initially estimated an incubation period from 10 to 14 days.
- The United States’ CDC estimates the incubation period for COVID-19 to be between 2 and 14 days.
- DXY.cn, a leading Chinese online community for physicians and health care professionals, is reporting an incubation period of « 3 to 7 days, up to 14 days ».
The estimated range will be most likely narrowed down as more data becomes available.
3.4% Mortality Rate estimate by the World Health Organization
In his opening remarks at the March 3 media briefing on Covid-19, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated:
“Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died. By comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected.”
Initial estimate was 2%
Initially, the World Health Organization (WHO) had mentioned 2% as a mortality rate estimate in a press conference on Wednesday, January 29 and again on February 10. However, on January 29 WHO specified that this was a very early and provisional estimate that might have changed. Surveillance was increasing, within China but also globally, but at the time it was said that:
- We don’t know how many were infected (« When you look at how many people have died, you need to look at how many people where infected, and right now we don’t know that number. So it is early to put a percentage on that. »).
- The only number currently known is how many people have died out of those who have been reported to the WHO.
- It is therefore very early to make any conclusive statements about what the overall mortality rate will be for the novel coronavirus, according to the World Health Organization.
Cook meat properly. Don’t touch your mouth, nose, eyes with your hands and wash your hands more often.
Some people can spread infection not having any symptoms themselves, so it is better to always follow these simple rules.
Another popular way of protection is face masks. If you have any symptoms of any respiratory infection, you should wear a mask to protect other people from getting infected (masks do not to let droplets from coughing or sneezing appear on different surfaces). At the same time, there is no evidence that wearing masks could help healthy people not to get ill.
Take steps to protect yourself
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
When to use mask
- If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected Coronavirus infection.
- Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing