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.

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Citizens of all other countries who plan to travel to the United Kingdom will be eligible to do so without undergoing a testing process upon their arrival, provided they have completed their immunization process against the Coronavirus. In addition, unvaccinated travelers will also be subject to milder entry rules as authorities in the UK have …

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Non-Vaccinated EU Travellers Can No Longer Enter US By Land & Ferry From January 22

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Experts Urge Canada to Scrap Pre-Entry COVID-19 Test for Canadians

Canada should abolish its pre-entry COVID-19 test for its citizens, travel experts have been insisting recently. In this regard, Canada’s airlines have called on Canadian authorities to put an end to the rule requiring travelers who have finished their immunization process coming from outside the US to test on arrival for Coronavirus. In addition, concerns …

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CDC Adds 22 Countries to Its COVID-19 High-Risk Travel List

The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention has tightened its advice on travel to several countries by including them in Level 4, which consists of profoundly affected territories in terms of COVID-19. In addition, after estimating the epidemiological situation in other territories, the CDC moved additional 22 countries to its Level 3 category, …

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UK Imposes Testing Requirements Due to Omicron Variant

Authorities in the United Kingdom have tightened their travel restrictions on Saturday due to the spread of the COVID-19’s Omicron variant that has affected many countries worldwide. The new rules include that all travelers who are planning to enter England, as the same will be required to take a COVID-19 test before they board their …

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Travelers Vaccinated With Covaxin Can Also Enter US From November 8

Shortly after the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that Covaxin had been added to its Emergency Use Listing, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that the vaccine would be recognized for travel to the US. Accordingly, this means that starting from November 8, when the US will open its borders for travel …

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Thailand Permits Quarantine-Free Entry for Arrivals From 63 Countries

Travelers from a total of 63 countries are now permitted to enter Thailand without being obliged to follow quarantine rules, as the latter’s authorities have abolished such a requirement for citizens from other 17 countries who have completed their immunization process against the Coronavirus. Thailand’s government has announced that it lifted the quarantine requirement for …

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UK Removes All Countries From Its Red List

Travellers from Colombia, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Haiti, Peru, and Venezuela will no longer be required to follow mandatory hotel quarantine rule when planning to enter the United Kingdom’s territory starting from November 1, as the latter’s government has removed the final seven countries that were placed in the red list.  “This is another …

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US Reveals More Details on Removal of Entry Ban for Vaccinated Travellers From 33 Countries

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