Year 2020: COVID-19 and History

I really do not know how to write this blog but I want to document it because for sure this will be in history. Everybody's astounded with what's going on - death tolls rising, panic buying, borders closing, job losses, businesses closing, markets crashing etc. It is such a havoc. There are a lot of lessons I learned here but maybe I'll write it in another blog.. maybe..

Before the corona virus outbreak, there were a lot of things going on - bushfires here down under which lasted for months then in the Philippines, we had the Taal volcano eruption which occurred on 12th of January 2020. Then now this virus - COVID19. 

The virus started around December 2019 in Wuhan, China. It was becomingly popular around January and February especially where a Diamond Princess cruise ship was quarantined in Japan. Doctors and scientist were scrambling for answers. Many thought it was air born as the number of cases are increasing but it is not the case. 

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact within one another that's why they implemented 'social distancing' and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Also, it may be possible that a person can get COVID19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or  possibly their eyes.

The symptoms are pretty similar with flu - cough, muscle aches, fever etc. I remember the last winter seasons since we arrived here down under, I heard news of flu deaths happening especially to the elderly. However, the COVID19 is far worse and doctors are still trying to get the full picture of the symptoms and severity. People who have underlying conditions are the ones greatly affected because they have a weaker immune system.

Before we look at the other pandemics through history, please, please stay at home if you are not feeling well or if you are positive with it. It's crazy seeing the news of this guy who was virus positive but then he still went to the pub. Please let us be responsible. Let us take care of each other. This will be over soon.


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