Name and Meaning of Coronavirus/ COVID-19:
Coronavirus or COVID-19 first appeared in Wuhan, China, during December of 2019. It was highly contagious, making lots of places in China carry out their lockdown. In particular, the word COVID-19 comprises five components: CO, VI, D, and 19. “CO” is Corona; “VI” is a virus; “D” is a disease; and “19” is the time when it started happening (i.e., 2019). Plus, the virus used to be known as “2019-nCoV” or “2019 novel coronavirus”, according to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC). The timeline is pretty complex, and a countless number of stories continues surrounding this deadly virus throughout the world.
Firstly, let’s dive into some fundamental knowledge of COVID-19. According to Wikipedia, the virus pertains to a group of RNA viruses that could lead to birds’ and mammals’ diseases. When contacting this virus, humans could experience illness related to their respiratory system and show mild to severe symptoms. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is one of the lethal diseases, along with SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in 2003) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in 2012). Under the scope of Microbiology, the virus looks like a sphere having a radius of 62.5 nm. Its envelope’s diameter is around 85 nm, and surrounding spikes are 20 nm in length. The following picture is of CDC.gov.
Who was the first person that got Coronavirus?
As some internet sources (namely livescience.com) have mentioned, the first Chinese getting this virus came from Hubei province in China. This individual was 55-year-olds on November 17, 2019, when health workers identified the case. However, other online sources like infotagion.com believed this information remained unconfirmed. They recommended that people not to share any ambiguous information about patient zero until the source got 100 percent certainty.
The virus continued spreading quickly across Chinese regions. Later, the Wuhan authority doubted a local wet market originated this virus. It was the Huanan seafood market, where people sold many wild animals like wolves or civets. The authority examined this market and got it closed on January 1, 2020 (zingnews.vn). It seemed like the wet market was lack of organization and sanitization when we look at pictures inside the Huanan market.
Who was the first person that got Coronavirus in the United States?
It was a Chicago woman in her 60s; she returned to Illinois on January 13, 2020, after visiting Wuhan, China, on December 25, 2019. She experienced six days of incubation, showing some mild symptoms such as fever, cough, and fatigue. However, this was not a common cold. Her test showed she was positive of COVID-19. In the meantime, her husband also got infected due to close contact. Later, the patient one (the woman) went hospitalized with lung inflammation symptoms, and her husband (patient two) went hospitalized eight days apart (thelancet.com).
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