Coronavirus: What you need to know in Doha, Qatar and Middle East
About the virus and its origin
The coronavirus is a family of viruses that can cause a lot of mild to life-threatening diseases.It is the cousin of the more popular Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus. Mostly these viruses affect animals and do not spread to human beings. However, there are seven strains of this virus that can affect humans. The symptoms include cough, fever, shortness of breath, and difficulty in breathing. In severe cases, the condition can progress to pneumonia, kidney failure and even death. For now, there is no vaccine for the new virus.The virus is supposed to have originated in the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan province in China as many of the infected individuals either worked or visited this area. The WHO and Gao Fu, head of the Chinese Centre for Disease and Control have said that an animal is most likely the primary source of the outbreak but they have not found the animal in question. Around 62 cases of the coronavirus have been identified in the city of Wuhan.
Based on the current situation and available information, WHO encourages all Member States to continue their surveillance for acute respiratory infections and to carefully review any unusual patterns.
Early identification, case management, and isolation, together with appropriate infection prevention and control measures can prevent human-to-human transmission of MERS-CoV.
Here is the video from Sky news worth watching:
Hamad International Airport (HIA), along with the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and the Pandemic Preparedness Committee in Qatar, is closely monitoring the situation following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China.
The Ministry of Public Health is also in close contact with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and following their recommendations and guidance in conducting thermal screening for all travellers arriving from China.
The WHO has published a guide for all countries to follow on how they can prepare in the case of an outbreak and how to monitor, care, and control the spread of this virus.
The health organisation has also stated that there is no need to restrict the travel, as yet, since the risk of the virus spreading is low.