Zeng Qun, the deputy head of the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau, has told the China Daily on Saturday that the 2019 NCoV or coronavirus can also spread through aerosol transmission, meaning that it is also an airborne disease. Zeng said on a media briefing that “Aerosol transmission refers to the mixing of the virus with droplets in the air to form aerosols, which causes infection after inhalation, according to medical experts”. Upon announcing this, the Shanghai official has also called the public to raise awareness about the prevention and control of the disease. The Chinese government also urges its public to stop social gatherings and activities to avoid further spread of the virus and prevent infection.
Experts from China explained that the virus has now three modes of transmission – direct, contact, and airborne. Direct transmission happens when a person inhales the air from the infected patient who coughs or sneezes. Meanwhile, contact transmission occurs when a person touches an object contaminated with droplets of the virus and touches his nose or eyes or mouth. And lastly, airborne means that the infection happens when the virus mixes with the air forming aerosols and inhaled by a person.
Aside from avoiding crowded places and gatherings, the Chinese officials also added that the public must practice regular cleaning and disinfection habits inside their homes especially areas or objects that are often touched, perform regular personal hygiene, and make sure to keep their windows open for ventilation.
As of this moment in China, there are 40,651 confirmed cases of infection, of which 29,600 are in mild condition and some 6,400 are in a serious condition. However, there were 910 deaths already. Also, 3,550 cases of recovery while 2 deaths outside China has also recorded. The virus has also already spread in 24 countries in total, of which there were 389 confirmed.
On the other hand, confusions are also common as many misinformations still spread through various media outlets, adding to the difficulties of the public on understanding the real situations of China regarding the outbreak. Even the Chinese government itself faces various criticisms claiming that they are not really telling the truth about the virus.
Meanwhile, many countries have temporary cut ties with China in relation to trades as the situation is still unstable, causing the stock market to plummet on many aspects. China’s prices have also gone up amidst the outbreak. The European Union (EU) also calls for emergency talks, preparing to host a grand meeting of health ministers, together with the World Health Organization (WHO) to discuss the outbreak. So far, 33 cases of the new strain have been detected in EU countries.
In the UK there were four new cases of infection while four Filipinos were also tested positive inside the Diamond Princes ship being held in Yokohama, Tokyo for quarantine. All in all, there are 135 cases already since 65 new infections have been confirmed on board. The ship’s officials said the newly diagnosed cases included Japanese Australians, Americans, Australians, a Ukrainian, and a Canadian.
Meanwhile in Hong Kong, all persons onboard the World Dream cruise has been tested negative of the virus. This was announced by the HK government on Sunday after its health department had finished screening all its passengers and crew. All individuals were already permitted to disembark and proceed to the immigration department.
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