March 12, 2020

Coronavirus – how to stay calm and clean

Where and when did it all begin? On the 31st of December 2019, China alerted the World Health Organisation to several patients with flu-like symptoms in a city called Wuhan, the capital of Central China’s Hubei province. Initial assessments of these patients ruled out “known” flu-like viruses including bird flu, seasonal flu, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). Once these initial patients were assessed, they were placed into quarantine. The suspected source of the outbreak was identified as a busy seafood market in the city the following day. Days later Chinese authorities identified the virus,…
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June 4, 2014

Coronavirus: Here’s what you need to know

The coronavirus (MERS – Middle East Respiratory Symptom) is in the same family as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), and was first reported in humans in 2012. To date, 688 people have been infected in Saudi Arabia, and 282 people have died from it – which is 50% more than the previous official death toll of 190. (more…)
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