RUBY: Here we can share our thoughts in how we feel about this virus is spreading all over the world
Angry Beaver: Current status
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic.
Currently, Australia does not have widespread community transmission of COVID-19.
As at 6.30am on 20 March 2020, there have been 709 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia. There have been 144 new cases since 6.30am yesterday.
Of the 709 confirmed cases in Australia, 6 have died from COVID-19. Jurisdictions have tested over 100,000 people.
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Angry Beaver: Yeah Its raging there atm
Across the world
Across the world there have been more than 226,800 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 9,500 deaths.
11hotty2999: Pray that everyone has enough food and other supplies to last through these isolation periods,
X_fire_X: Currently in Ireland there are over 500 cases , and 3 death's. Not to scare people but this thing is going to get worse before it gets better. We are strong as a race and it take more than a virus to take us down, so all we can do right now is look after one and other. Make sure family and friends have enough to get by until this thing passes. It will pass. Be extra vigilant with your hygiene , lol and social distance yes it means staying away from people. Stay safe everyone .
RUBY: here in Italy all closed down except groceries and pharmacies
what made Sicily (that's the country i live in)worse is that they let come down all the people from north italy or else we'd be safe
there's 4 cases in my city..some people just don't understand that they must stay home
X_fire_X: yes it's exact almost same here now ruby, many places have closed, i think its the best thing to do to stop the spread, people just must stay home and only leave to stock up . People got to get smart and realise its not just them they are putting in danger but other's if they are carrying it.
Sensatione: Live count: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
Getting pretty bad here (netherlands) too. almost 3k infected and 106 dead
Fractured fairy tale: WHO announced world Health System is Collapsing.
This is going to bad for a verry long time and Every Country
Angry Beaver: Coronavirus: The differences between coronavirus, COVID-19, and SARS-CoV-2 explained
Although the word 'coronavirus' is often used as a blanket term for the illness that is rapidly spreading around the world - declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on March 11 - the term is frequently used loosely. Here is a run-down of the differences as explained by the WHO.
What is a coronavirus then?
Coronavirus is, in fact, the name for a family of viruses that also include the common cold. Many strains of coronavirus are mild and have been known about for some time, while others are more severe - namely Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Both the latter two were new this century, with SARS affecting Asia in 2003, and MERS first identified in 2012.
The particular strain that has caused such global disruption this year is new to human beings, and was discovered in Wuhan in China in December last year.
This particular strain is actually called SARS-CoV-2
This is the specific name of the virus strain that is causing the pandemic at the moment. It is by far the least commonly used term relating to the outbreak.
It was originally called "2019 novel coronavirus" - or new coronavirus - until it was officially named by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. SARS-CoV-2 stands for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.
You rarely see it referenced outside of medical reports. As the WHO explains, it is quite common to know the name of a disease, but not the name of the virus that caused it.
They also openly say they are actively trying to avoid using the name of the virus species.
This is why in their own words:
"Using the name SARS can have unintended consequences in terms of creating unnecessary fear for some populations, especially in Asia which was worst affected by the SARS outbreak in 2003. For that reason and others, WHO has begun referring to the virus as "the virus responsible for COVID-19" or "the COVID-19 virus" when communicating with the public."
So, what is COVID-19?
This is the illness that the virus causes. If we are being technical, you would say SARS-CoV-2 (the species of virus) gives you COVID-19 (the illness) - the World Health Organisation explains it as being the same way you would say that HIV gives you AIDS.
Of course, it does sound very technical and medical, so it is perhaps no wonder that people are sticking with coronavirus as a broad term.
It should perhaps also be stressed how new this is. One indication is that COVID-19 was not even officially named by the WHO until last month - so again, it is little surprise that the wider population is yet to get to grips with the terminology.
So does the COVID-19 illness actually do to you?
Reactions and severity vary widely between age-groups and different populations. Many younger children barely seem to suffer - and certainly are at much less risk than other age groups. Broadly speaking it is more likely to cause chronic illness among older people, who have a much higher mortality rate if they contract it.
In essence, the illness affects your lungs and airways, causing fever, fatigue as well as a dry cough. Other symptoms of COVID-19 may include aches and pains, being blocked up, a runny nose, as well as a sore throat or diarrhoea.
Those with pre-existing medical problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes, are also considered more at risk.
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X_fire_X: just a special :flower: for those health staff who we forget about, that are working so hard at the moment helping other's and risking lives to make this better. We appreciate your efforts keep up the good work.
Fractured fairy tale: and the Truck Drivers and all the other people . Who have to put them Selves at Risk
X_fire_X: yes lets keep our spirits up we are tough and it take more than a silly virus to bring us down..everybody be sensible and do as the experts say and this shall pass. 3 for those out risking lives everyday to help us get through it...
X_fire_X: 2 days ago i commented how there was 500 cases in ireland and 3 death's , now 2 day's later that number has doubled to over 1000 and another death. People just are not taking the advice of the experts seriously here, when told to stay in and social distance in mean's keep away from people . Some bar's have been greedy and caught still open, and groups of young teenager's hanging out in street's , where are thier parent's , the teenager's might not be at high risk of getting it but can be carrier's and pass it on to parent's and other's. Please get sensible people of Ireland stop this thing spreading fast, each day numbers of cases are just doubling , have some sense!!!
Fractured fairy tale: Yesh Same is happening here they had to close the Beaches . Travel between States is being Restricted. If you cross the border into another state . Your got to self Isolate for two Weeks . There going put people I. Hotels that cant stay at home or whatever
And if people break it . They can be taken to a Quarantine Island
X_fire_X: people will just have to get smart if they want this thing to pass quickly with minimal loss of lives. We can all stay in and practice social distancing as they want us to. It may seem boring but it is the only way to stay safe and keep other's safe.
Trump Sucks: I had no clue, so figured I would share.
Proper way to wear a disposable mask.
Corwin: Here's a good site to keep track of the stats:
It's called the Coronavirus Dashboard.
Wishing you all the best, and hope that you and your loved ones stay safe and well.