The demon called Coronavirus
Abracadabra By K. B. Ganapathy, Columns

The demon called Coronavirus

February 3, 2020

The demon will soon be defeated

“World Health Organization (WHO) does not recommend evacuation of  foreign nationals, and called on the international community to remain calm and not overreact. WHO is confident in China’s epidemic prevention and control ability.”

The epidemic is a demon, and we cannot let this demon hide,” says the Chinese President Xi Jinping at last on January 28, 2020, many days after the demon scourge started stalking the mainland China. Anyway, this time China seems more open about the ‘demon’ coronavirus than it was earlier in 2002 when it was faced with what was known as ‘Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)’ epidemic.

The outbreak of coronavirus was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan, a big city in central China. The Health officials identified the virus as being related to the virus that caused the SARS outbreak in 2002. It killed nearly 800 people before being brought under control. A tour plan of Rotary Mysore to Australia and New Zealand, where my wife and I were included, was cancelled as a result.

According to reports, in China, coronavirus sickened more than 500 people as on Jan. 22 and led to 17 deaths. It has now already crossed the China border and the world is worried. India no exception. Screening of passengers who travel from China is intensified, in many cases with infrared temperature scanners and portable thermometers.

Reports say every worker reporting for work at Seafood Market in Wuhan where the coronavirus originated is subjected to inspection by health officials. China was accused of ‘hiding’ the outbreak officially, apparently waiting for a ‘nod’ to be transparent till its leader Xi Jinping uttered the order. And he did, though belated, issuing a Jan. 20 directive to “put people’s safety and health as the top priority and take effective measures to curb the spread of the virus.” The Chinese officials are now on the job on a war-footing! That is good news.

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Scare-mongering about such epidemics by the rumour-mills — media, quacks and even medical fraternity for obvious reasons — is common. I remember how, I think in 2009, the fear of H1N1 (Swine flu) gripped the people of Mysuru and neighbouring areas because of scare-mongering and people made a beeline before clinics and hospitals for taking preventive vaccinations or medical check-up and in few cases treatment. Many connected to health-care concerns made money.

Curiously coronavirus symptoms seem similar to H1N1 — “symptoms of H1N1 include upper respiratory tract infection, besides running nose, cold, cough, fever and headache.” However, before-long, the situation turned normal. Thanks to our health-care people, specially from the government-side. Yes.

Be that as it may, the ray of hope, in the midst of surrounding scare-mongering by some, comes from the World Health Organisation (WHO). Its advisory said it is against evacuation of people and said, “WHO does not recommend evacuation of foreign nationals, and called on the international community to remain calm and not overreact. WHO is confident in China’s epidemic prevention and control ability.” What more assurance one needs to hope that the dreaded “demon” would soon be caged or driven away from China and the world wherever it has spread its tentacles.

Dawn of hope for cure: According to today’s report, a Chinese woman infected with the new coronavirus showed a dramatic improvement after she was treated with a cocktail of anti-virals used to treat flu and HIV, Thailand’s  Health Ministry said on Sunday.

The patient, 71, tested negative for the virus 48 hours after she was administered the combination, doctor said and added, “The lab result of positive on the coronavirus turned negative in 48 hours.”

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The Health Ministry was awaiting research results to prove the findings.

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ONE COMMENT ON THIS POST To “The demon called Coronavirus”

  1. Raj says:

    *An Eye-Opener*

    *Pakistani Embassy in China has said to its students who got stuck there that “Death is in the hands of Allah whether you die there or here”. They have denied to help their citizens.*

    *New Zealand is charging $500 per head whereas Australia is charging $1000 per head from its citizens in China for evacuation.*

    India has already started the mission and two trips are over and they are free of cost. Another three missions will be launched. All will be completed by today. Most of these students are Muslims and Christians from Kerala.

    This Government evacuated citizens from Iraq during ISIS attack. They also evacuated thousands of citizens from Yemen during Saudi Arabia and Yemen war and many more such instances are there.

    Former Foreign Minister, Late Sushma Swaraj had said that even if our citizens are stuck on Mars, Indian Embassy would rescue them. And this government is doing the same. And special thanks to those army personnel, bereaucrats, medical and rescue staff for their valiant deeds.

    *This information is for all the Muslims and Christians who said the govt is anti minority. The people rescued comprised more of Muslims and Christians than Hindus.. *

    *Also.. Most of the rescued people are from Kerala the state where people always mock modi, BJP and Hindus.*

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