Facts About the Coronavirus COVID-19

Ever since this whole thing started, you may have come across two terms: Coronavirus and COVID-19. So, what is the difference between them?

Well, there are many different types of coronaviruses. They are viruses that are common both in people and different animal species, but they rarely transmit from animal to human. In this case, it did.

So if a person is infected with a coronavirus, they will develop symptoms and get sick. The COVID-19, which stands for CoronaVirus Disease 2019, is an infectious disease caused by a coronavirus that hasn’t been previously identified in humans. There was another outbreak of a contagious respiratory disease caused by a coronavirus back in 2002, known as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).

This coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is believed to have originated in an animal market in Wuhan, China, where the first people were infected from an animal. Then, it began rapidly spreading from human to human as well, first in China, then worldwide.

At the time of writing (mid-March, 2020), there have been more than 120,000 reported cases of the virus worldwide, the majority of which are in China (over 80,000). The second-largest outbreak is in Italy, followed by Iran, South Korea, and Spain. Overall, it is spread in more than 126 countries and regions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) finally declared the COVID-19 a pandemic.

What are the Symptoms of the Coronavirus?

If you become infected with the coronavirus, you may develop the following symptoms 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Difficulty breathing (in more severe cases)

The symptoms of the coronavirus are very similar to that of the seasonal flu, so just because you develop the aforementioned symptoms, it does not mean you necessarily have COVID-19. In severe cases, coronavirus patients may also develop pneumonia.

How is the Coronavirus Spread?

The coronavirus can be transmitted:

  • From person to person. If someone coughs or sneezes near you or you are simply in close contact with them, you can get the coronavirus through their airborne respiratory droplets. This is the main way the disease has spread so far.
  • From contaminated surfaces. If a person who has been infected with COVID-19 touches a surface, the virus could live there for hours. If you touch the surface and then touch your face (eyes, nose, or mouth) you can be infected with the virus as well - so make sure to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.

How Dangerous is the Coronavirus?

Most people who become infected with the coronavirus will overcome it without any serious complications. A large number of them may not even have to be hospitalized, but can instead self-isolate and recover at home. However, the elderly and people with underlying health conditions are more vulnerable to the coronavirus.

The overall fatality rate of the COVID-19 appears to be around 3.4%, but it is not evenly distributed among age groups. Ages 9-39 have the lowest fatality rate so far (about 0.2%) whereas, for those aged over 80, the rate goes to 14%, according to a report by the Chinese Center for Disease Control.

Therefore, if you are young and healthy, your biggest concern should not be whether you survive the disease if you catch it (you likely will) but that you may pass it on to someone else who is not so lucky.

Coronavirus News

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Vietnam Has Lifted COVID-19 Testing Obligation for Foreign Arrivals

The Vietnamese government has announced that since May 15, Vietnam no longer requires international travellers entering the country to be tested for COVID-19. The move came after the number of COVID-19 cases, serious cases, and Coronavirus-related deaths in the country have been declining since March 15 this year, according to an official document released by …

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Over 30 Countries Have Dropped Their COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Entry

With the summer travel season being just weeks away, several countries have already dropped their COVID-19 entry rules and now permit restriction-free entry to all travelers. The tool below, developed by VisaGuide.World shows that as of May 10, over 30 world countries permit entry to all travelers without requiring them to provide COVID-19 proof. You …

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Travel Groups Once Again Call on Biden Administration to Lift COVID-19 Test Requirement

More than 260 travel industry and business organisations have called on the United States government to lift the pre-departure testing requirement for international air passengers who have completed their immunisation process against the virus. Through a common letter addressed to White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr Ashish Jha, the travel industry and business organisations have …

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Tirana, Albania

Albania to Lift All COVID-19 Measures on May 1

Albania’s government has announced that it will abolish all the remaining COVID-19 restrictions in order to facilitate the travel process before the summer season. According to the announcement of the Federal Foreign Office, the new changes will become effective starting from May 1,VisaGuide.World reports. The lifting of the COVID-19 measures means that internationals planning to …

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Canada to Ease Entry Rules for Vaccinated Travelers & Minors

Vaccinated travelers from other countries planning to enter Canada will no longer be obliged to follow entry rules after the latter’s government has decided to ease some of the restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the Coronavirus. According to authorities in Canada, citizens from other countries who have completed their immunization process against the …

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US Extends Entry Ban on Non-Vaccinated Travelers Entering via Land Ports of Entry & Ferry Terminals

Non-vaccinated travelers reaching the United States via land ports of entry and ferry terminals at the US-Mexico and US-Canada borders will continue to be unallowed to enter the country as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the entry ban on non-vaccinated travelers at these points of entry. The decision was announced on Thursday, …

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Thailand

Thailand Abolishes COVID PCR Testing Requirement for Vaccinated Travelers

Citizens from other countries who have completed their immunization process against the virus will no longer be subject to the COVID-19 PCR test when planning to enter Thailand after the latter’s government has decided to lift such a requirement. Authorities in Thailand have confirmed that the PCR test requirement for vaccinated internationals will be officially …

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US Lifts Mask Mandate for Airlines

The United States has decided to remove the obligation to wear a mask on public transportation. This comes immediately after a court in Florida on Monday, April 18, ruled that the directive brought 14 months ago was illegal. Following the announcement, the main air carriers in the country like American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air …

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Singapore Abolishes Mandatory Quarantine Rule for Vaccinated Travelers

Authorities in Singapore have announced that travelers who have completed their immunization process against the virus will no longer be subject to restrictions imposed to halt the spread of the Coronavirus, such as mandatory quarantine requirement. The decision has been confirmed by Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, and comes as part of the efforts …

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Australia Reopens Its Borders After Nearly 2 Years

Vaccinated tourists from all countries are allowed to enter Australia starting from today, March 21, after the latter’s government has finally abolished the travel restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the Coronavirus and its new variants. The new changes were previously confirmed by the country’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison and have been taken as …

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