With novel coronavirus – COVID-19 – spreading with astonishing speed, the World Health Organization [WHO] has warned that many health systems are not prepared to control infections if the disease hits. To mitigate the risk of outbreaks, WHO warned countries need to have proactive surveillance, rapid diagnosis and immediate quarantine, plus an education campaign so the public knows proper hygiene and what to do if they become sick. Australia reported it’s first COVID19-related death on Sunday – 78 year-old James Kwan from Perth, a passenger on the Diamond Princess cruise ship. To date 29 cases have been reported in Australia and of those, 15 are recovered. There is no community transmission, meaning no one has yet caught the disease without travelling to an infection zone or without direct contact with one of the few infected people. But some health experts and researchers have said community spread is inevitable in Australia, and questions are being asked about how many people might need treatment in hospital and how many might become critically ill – and whether resources will cope. However, such predictions can be irresponsible or misleading because the fatality rate is so dynamic. When asked about Iran, which recently reported an… Read full this story
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