Unlike the Spanish Flu epidemic or SARS, medical officials feel that the risk of the coronavirus spreading is low
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 27, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, recently released a statement on the recent coronavirus outbreak in Saudi Arabia.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/the-new-virus-thats-threatening-your-health) notes, a new SARS-like virus has appeared in Saudi Arabia. The country has confirmed that 28 people are now known to be infected with the coronavirus. There are more than 40 cases of coronavirus confirmed since September 2012, which has affected people in Saudi Arabia, Europe, and Jordan. There are 20 confirmed deaths so far.
As the article “The New Virus That’s Threatening Your Health” reports, the World Health Organization (WHO) has gotten involved to find out how the virus spreads and what might happen next. Any virus that can be transmitted easily from person to person could potentially wreak havoc on the world’s population if allowed to spread unchecked.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article states that the Spanish Flu, from which over 20 million people died, serves as a powerful reminder of the destruction a single virus can cause. The flu was a strain of H1N1, which recently appeared again in 2002 and 2003. SARS, as that strain came to be known, caused 775 deaths and greatly alarmed medical experts, who feared another pandemic like the Spanish Flu.
As the articles reports, the WHO has determined that the coronavirus can be transferred between people, but only after prolonged close contact, with transmission mostly occurring through the respiratory tract. Measures have been taken to keep patients in isolation while they’re being cared for.
“Unlike the Spanish Flu epidemic or SARS, medical officials feel that the risk of the coronavirus spreading is low,” states Dr. David Juan, editor at Doctors Health Press. “Cases of transmission have happened between patients in close contact inside a hospital, as was the case in France, and as a result of sharing a house together. The coronavirus does not appear to be able to transmit from human-to-human in the general population while out ‘on the street.’ The virus can only survive outside the body for 24 hours.”
As Juan concludes, “Although the virus hasn’t spread to North America, taking precautions never hurts. Make sure to wash your hands frequently and have proper grooming, especially if you’ll be in close contact with a health professional.”
(SOURCE: “Saudi Arabia expands labs to track deadly coronavirus,” CBC news web site, April 29, 2013, last accessed May 15, 2013; “Coronavirus Infections: Global Response and Alert,” World Health Organization web site, May 8, 2013, last accessed May 14, 2013.)
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