COVID-19: How A New Virus May Be Treated With Old Drugs
By now you probably can not even start up your computer without getting an e-mail, seeing a thousand posts, or some other thing telling you that not only does the corona virus exist, but what people are doing in response to it. To some, it is nothing more than a joke to get attention with on the internet, and to a few unfortunate others it is the end of their life. But how did we get here, and do we know what is going to happen in the future.
Where did the Wuhan virus originate
Basically as it is currently speculated, the COVID-19 was originally a virus that was contracted in a district of China known as Wuhan. Many believe that, due to black market trading of animals in this region, the spread came from bats that were otherwise being used and sold for various purposes. As with most coronaviruses, the contamination starts with animals who are able to spread it to human beings. From there it is the free fall that it is turning into today. Spreading and mutating between people, the COVID-19 virus works its way into the population and spreads while becoming more and more resilient. The issue with a new virus like this is not that it is infecting people, because we have been dealing with bugs like that for most of modern humanity. The issue is that since it is new, there are no current treatments for it. Some clinics recommend to purchase Aralen (Chloroquine) or Kaletra (Lopinavir / Ritonavir) for treatment.
What are the consequences
That, combined with its higher mortality rate, is what makes it dangerous. True, the mortality rate is simply much higher because we do not have a way to fight it currently, but it is higher none the less. basically, the virus for many resembles may symptoms of the common cold, pneumonia, and respiratory infection. in children and healthy adults this is not an issue, which is likely why it is being laughed off by much of the world. The problem comes when COVID-19 comes in contact with someone who is either elderly or unable to fight off the virus for various medical reasons. These are the ones that the virus is killing. Due to the virus being spread to 100’s of countries in a short amount of time and hundreds of thousands of people that we know of, recently the World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is now a global pandemic.
Panic buying is rampant
This has of course started an uproar for many people, resulting in panic, impulse buying, and violence. Several countries have opted to be locked down for the time being, and many others have suspended or halted air travel between countries, slowing commercial trade to a halt in some cases. As of this report, over 5000 people of the 150,000 infected have died, leaving COVID-19 at a whopping mortality rate of 3.5% or somewhere in that ball park. That is actually pretty significant compared to most diseases, since things like the flu have a mortality rate of around 0.2% in and of itself. Sure it has affected many more people this year as it always does, but those people will almost assuredly get better since they can be treated.
What can you do
The best thing that can be done at this time, in the opinion of many, is to simply be supplied, and avoid mass gatherings at this time to limit the spread. This will likely not stop the virus in its tracks, but it will greatly lower the rate at which people get affected. This is basically the best way to ensure that hospitals do not run out of room as they try to treat those that they can to the best of their ability. Consider it trying to make a bad thing just a little bit better. As of right now if you are feeling ill or believe that you or someone you know could be infected with the virus, the best thing that you can do for yourself and society as a whole is to go to the doctor and get checked.
There are tests currently available that can be done to let you know if you have the virus, and, if you are healthy enough to combat it, then all you really need to do is stay held up in your room for a couple weeks. But be careful out there everyone, and don’t get crazy.