The COVID-19 pandemic is an outbreak of the novel respiratory disease COVID-19 (or “Covid-19” for Corona virus disease 2019). The outbreak first became apparent at the end of December 2019 in the megacity Wuhan in the Chinese province of Hubei, developed into an epidemic in January 2020 and spread worldwide.
It was triggered by the previously unknown corona virus SARS-CoV-2. In order to counteract a spread in countries without efficient health systems, the World Health Organization (WHO) proclaimed the international health emergency on January 30, 2020.
On February 9, 2020, the number of registered deaths, at over 800, exceeded the total number of deaths in the 2002/2003 SARS pandemic. The WHO report of February 26, 2020 reported for the first time more new infections outside of China than inside.
From February 28, 2020, the WHO in its reports assessed the risk at a global level as “very high” (WHO Risk Assessment, Global Level: Very High), previously as “high”.On March 11, 2020, the WHO officially declared the previous epidemic a pandemic, the first since the H1N1 pandemic in 2009/10.
How Many Countries Are Affected by the COVID-19 Infection?
There are currently (as of March 11, 2020) 115 countries or territories affected: 19 countries in Asia, 15 in the Middle East, 10 in Africa, 50 in Europe, 19 in America as well as Australia and New Zealand (assigned by WHO Regional Offices).
On February 2, 2020, the first death outside of China occurred in the Philippines.
On February 15, 2020, France reported the first death outside of Asia.
The first two Europeans who died of COVID-19 were reported from Italy on February 23, 2020.
On March 7, 2020, the WHO reported 101,927 for the first time over 100,000 infected people, with 3,486 dead.
+++ Latest Numbers: Over 125.000 Confirmed Infections +++
Confirmed infections: 126,258; Currently infected: 53,334; Dead: 4,638; Recovered patients: 68,286
Status: 12.03.2020, 09:05 (Source: www.tagesschau.de)
What You Can Do to Keep Yourself and Your Family Healthy:
- Wash your hands regularly and carefully!
- Cough and sneeze so that others are protected!
- Avoid close contact with the sick!
- Vaccinate against flu!
- If there is reasonable suspicion of Sars-CoV-2 report to the health department!
- Find more information there!