Coronavirus is zoonotic, which means it is transferred from animal to human. Coronavirus is from a big family of viruses that includes common to serious respiratory diseases. It was first seen in Hubei Wuhan, China. The World Health Organization (WHO) coined the name COVID-19 for this virus. It is caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
The viruses of the Corona family are transferred from animals to human but the source of this virus (COVID 19) is unknown although it is widely believed to be originated from ‘bats’.
As per the Stats provided by Worldometers, (24 March 2020, 10:21 GMT) the Coronavirus update of the world is listed below:
Coronavirus Cases: 386,962
Symptoms of Corona (COVID-19)
People suffering from this virus suffer from minor to major respiratory illnesses. Old people and people with previous health issues are more likely to be severely affected by this Coronavirus disease.
After being exposed to this virus within 2-15 days affects ranges from mild fever to death ultimately. The symptoms that appear are as following:
- Running nose
- Sore throat
- Difficulty breathing
Preventive Measures from Coronavirus
The best way to deal with any virus is to avoid getting infected from it in the first place. For this, The preventive measures can be:
- Social Distancing
- Wearing masks if in public
- Avoiding touching face
- Frequently washing hands
- Disinfecting regularly used things
Where to test and treat for COVID-19 in Nepal?
Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital, also known as Teku Hospital is the main hospital to treat and test for this pandemic disease in Nepal. Other hospitals that provide services are Bir Hospital Shree Birendra Hospital, Tribhuvan University, Teaching Hospital, Grande Hospital, etc. All of the mentioned hospitals are located in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Coronavirus in Nepal
Nepal is one of the least affected countries in the world. Despite this fact, the pandemic started from its neighboring country China. However, 500+ cases were suspected of it but all testing negative except for One as of March 2020. The confirmed case was of a 32 years-old man who returned from (Wuhan University of Technology) Wuhan, China. After the tests, the case was confirmed on Jan 24, 2020. This incident sparked fears among the hearts of the people of Nepal. Although, the man was cured after getting necessary health care.
Another confirmed case in Nepal is of a 19 yrs old patient who returned to Nepal last week from France has been tested positive for Coronavirus as of 23 March. She along with her family are placed under quarantine for the time being.
The largest death toll in a single day was 793+ in Italy on 21 March due to the coronavirus. Where the previous largest death toll of 627 occurred a day before 20 March. Above all, Nepal is among the least affected countries with only two confirmed cases.
How Nepal is fighting this Pandemic (COVID-19)?
The government of Nepal decided to close clubs, cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools, and similar places to limit Crowding. It even postponed SEE & other exams until further notice to maintain a low risk of the Novel Coronavirus as possible.
As Nepal is a landlocked country and imports a lot of necessary goods from India and China, the borders that are shared between these huge countries were only monitored and kept open.
But from 24 March 6 AM, these Borders will be fully closed as per the decision from the high-level meeting of Council of Ministers for a week.
Where inside the country, Lockdown has taken in effect from 23 March. Normal pedestrians are queried for their reason being out during Lockdown. Only Permitted people along with Security, Medical and Press Personnels and their Vehicles are allowed. Goods & Essentials Carrying Vehicles are also given the privilege to be driven on the roads.
Impact of Coronavirus on Nepal Economy
Nepal was set to celebrate ‘Visit Nepal 2020’ estimating the arrival of more than two million tourists to the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) which is double the number of tourists who visited Nepal. But had to be postponed.
The ongoing pandemic has caused the government of Nepal to act on the situation by suspending all the flights from and to China which was the major source of tourists coming to Nepal by air. Nepal’s economy is estimated to be greatly impacted by this pandemic.
The manufacturing industry is also on set back as most of the raw materials are imported from China. The wholesale and retail sector is also affected by the downfall in the import from China. The construction sector has also seen a downfall in progress due to a fall in the import.
The public projects contracted to the Chinese companies are also on hold because the contractors and workers who returned to celebrate Chinese New Year could not return back to Nepal. Nonetheless, This has brought an imbalance in the lives of the people of Nepal.