COVID 19 – A Worldwide Pandemic #1

The presence of COVID-19 recently is undoubtedly leaving people clueless and afraid on how the situation might get any worse. Daily, surely will be a new reported cases in which sums up the question, “when will this outbreak terminated?”

As the number of infected people is skyrocketing daily, a cure is yet to be found. This outbreak will definitely stretched our 2020 badly, at least for the current observation.

According to World Health Organization (WHO):

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. The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).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.

The virus will survive outside our body for 48-72 hours. Meaning if anybody positive sneeze or cough, this virus will remain in the air for the next three days. If everybody follows order and the law, quarantine at home for two weeks, the virus will have no host (no human body to attach to), they will die eventually after two to three days. But if there is always outing, dining, shopping, there is always new body it will go to and continue to live and continue to spread.

An insight from Wikipedia stated that:

The presence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Malaysia, part of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic, was first reported in January 2020 when it was detected on travellers from China arriving via Singapore on 25 January, following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Hubei, China.[3][4] Reported cases remained relatively low and were largely confined to imported cases, until localised clusters began to emerge in March; the largest cluster was linked to a Tablighi Jamaat religious gathering held in Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur in late February and early March, leading to massive spikes in local cases and an exportation of cases to neighbouring countries.[5] Within a few weeks, Malaysia had recorded the largest cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in Southeast Asia,[6] breaching over the 2,000 mark in active cases by the end of March from fewer than 30 at the start of the month. By 16 March, the virus is reported in every state and federal territory in the country.

The medical response to the outbreak is overseen by Director-General of Health Noor Hisham Abdullah under the Health Ministries of two successive governments. Preparations to stockpile equipment, detect and monitor cases, and treat COVID-19 patients were reported to have been initiated as early as 6 January 2020, following a World Health Organization (WHO) report on a late-December 2019 outbreak of “pneumonia of unknown cause” in Wuhan City, Hubei.[7] As jumps in cases began to occur in early March, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong expressed great concern over the escalation of the outbreak.[8][9] Measures to combat the outbreak were later announced by the Prime Minister of Malaysia via live nationwide telecast on 13 March 2020;[10][11] by 16 March, a nationwide “Movement Control Order” (MCO), intended to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing, was announced to last between 18 and 31 March.[12][13][14] The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) also published a federal gazette on 18 March 2020 that restricts individuals from travelling to other states that have been declared as coronavirus-affected areas.[15] On 25 March, the MCO was extended by an addition two weeks, until 14 April, as the rate of new cases per day remained consistently high.[16] Considerations have been made to extend the lockdown until late April or May as the WHO projects that the number of cases in Malaysia is expected to peak in mid-April.[17][18] Subsequently, the MCO was announced to be extended until 28 April on 10 April,[19] and extended again to 12 May on 23 April.