Bangkok, 17 April 2020
Remember The Police song: Don't Stand So Close To Me.It is just three months since a violent virus is running rampant. It only took 90 days for the SARS CoV-2 virus to conquer the whole world.
To stop the virus, it is crucial not to get infected. But how? Keep your distance. Literally everybody could be a germ carrier. To avoid transfer, protect yourself. Keep your distance. The virus is present in the air that your counterpart exhales or on surfaces that you touch.
Protect your mouth and nose with a respirator mask, or a scarf, or look the other way. The virus enters your body through your airways and also through your hands when you touch your face. Get aware of how often you touch your face. Wash your hands. Soap and high-proof alcohol will neutralize the virus. Get ahead of the virus now. By protecting yourself, you protect your family and friends.
The world shuts down as COVID-19 spreads. Closed attractions and landmarks, whole cities under quarantine, and entire countries on lockdown.
Federal authorities around the world currently discourage all non-essential travel, and many countries have closed their borders. (see also: Global Travel Warnings)
Supply chains are severely disrupted. International air traffic is canceled. Airlines operated empty "ghost" flights, just to keep their slots. Stock markets are on a rollercoaster ride.
There are no more shows, cinemas, or sports events. Factories and schools are closed. Millions of people are under quarantine, and millions of jobs are at risk.
Is there a way out? Possibly, the infection rate in China and South Korea, two countries with the most cases, seems to have slowed down. It may be too early to see it as the end of the epidemic, but it is a beginning, perhaps.
At the end of last year, an unknown pathogen went viral. It spread from its origin to a handful of first victims in a highly urbanized environment.
Unhindered, the extremely contagious virus infected hundreds and then thousands of human beings and used them as carriers.
Viruses are not able to replicate themselves; they are entirely dependent on a host cell to survive and reproduce. The pathogen had chosen the right place to linger, the most populous country on earth. Riding its human host, the virus was ready for takeoff, literally.
Within eight weeks, the pathogen arrived on all continents. It pops up in one country, then another, and then it mushrooms. Within three month the virus has now spread to almost all countries/territories.
The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets. Symptoms are similar to the common flu: fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, and tiredness - it's not a running nose. These symptoms are usually mild. Older persons and people with pre-existing medical conditions appear to develop a serious illness more often than others.
Global Coronavirus Cases. The updated world map of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus outbreak shows countries with number of confirmed COVID-19 cases (as of 17 April 2020). The actual number of cases is shown below.
(list of three-letter country codes)
You are free to use the above map for educational purposes (fair use); please refer to the Nations Online Project.
The map illustrates the spread of the coronavirus worldwide. The map shows countries where cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed.
In February, the World Health Organization announced the official name for the disease caused by the new coronavirus is COVID-19, the virus is named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome CoronaVirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
The numbers are frightening, but it might get much, much worse. Only 0.01% of the world's population is affected by COVID-19 today. It only took three months for the virus to conquer the whole world.
The virus has now spread to 185 countries/territories.
Unfortunately, the number of countries with confirmed cases is still growing daily, although China now reports fewer new cases.
Global total confirmed COVID-19 cases 2,150,000+ about about 100,000 more cases per day.
(The number of cases by country in brackets)
More than 100,000 cases