Infections of a virulent new strain of Coronavirus, similar to that of SARS which caused the deaths of 775 people between 2002-2003, have been reported across the globe. With just 10 cases confirmed so far, the World Health Organization (WHO) is suggesting hospital officials remain on the lookout for severe acute respiratory infections and investigate any unusual patterns immediately, but that no state of emergency needs to be called at this time. It is unclear how this new coronavirus travels or if it is even communicable via direct or indirect Human contact. Individuals attending those that are ill or known to be infected are advised to take all necessary precautions and follow strict safety and hygiene protocols.
Currently boasting an impressive and sobering death rate of 50 percent per those infected, this viral strain can quickly take an infected individual from bad to worse in just a matter of hours, sneaking up and pouncing like a sudden Zombie attack. Symptoms range from coughing fits, high fever, shortness of breath, and intense respiratory distress. At this time, officials do not have a direct treatment or vaccine for this strain, though they may be able to treat some of the symptoms… but what difference that will ultimately make is hard to say. If you or someone you know develops any serious symptoms such as an extremely high-fever or respiratory difficulties, seek professional medical advice as soon as possible.
Most likely the virus is transferred via airborne means, such as coughing or sneezing, and by contaminated surfaces such as hands, door handles, light switches and writing utensils. Officials believe that this new strain has an incubation period of about seven days, allowing infected individuals to spread it among hundreds of other individuals, before even showing the smallest of symptoms.
Primarily infecting the upper respiratory system and intestinal tracts of mammals and birds, coronaviruses are typically transferred via airborne means such as coughing or sneezing. This is especially scary during cold/flu season when many individuals neglect to cover their coughs or sneezes, and often forget to wash their hands frequently. With up to five different strains of coronaviruses capable of infecting Humans, it will likely get worse before it gets better, adapting and growing with each new infection, until it eventually reaches pandemic sized proportions.
All of us at Zombease urge you to be extra careful in the coming weeks, especially those of you that work in the public sector and/or transportation agencies. Get plenty of rest, drink lots of water, eat as healthy as you can, wash your hands regularly, and stop touching your face.