What Is COVID-19?
The World Health Organization’s (WHO) China Country Office first received a report of pneumonia due to unknown cause last December 2019. This later would be confirmed to be caused by COVID-19. Since then, it has continuously affected thousands of people worldwide.
To date, there are already more than two million reported cases of the disease with more than 130,000 deaths globally. The highest number of cases come from the United States with over 600,000 reported cases and more than 27,000 deaths.
This has already surpassed China, where the first case was reported. They have only reported over 80,000 confirmed cases with more than 3,000 deaths.
In the Philippines, there have already been over 4,000 positive cases (as of April 9, 2020 and the numbers are increasing every day. The global effect of this disease prompted the WHO to categorize this as a pandemic.
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. It primarily spreads via droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when a person with COVID-19 coughs or sneezes.
People within close proximity are most at risk, because these droplets can enter their bodies through their eyes, mouth and nose. When this happens, the virus can make its way into their lungs. Those infected will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness, while those with underlying medical problems may contract severe illness.