The COVID-19 pandemic (colloquially also coronavirus pandemic, corona pandemic, coronavirus crisis or corona crisis) is an outbreak of the novel respiratory disease COVID-19 (or “Covid-19”, for English corona virus disease 2019). This disease had first become noticeable at the end of December 2019 in the city of Wuhan in the Chinese province of Hubei, developed into an epidemic in the People’s Republic of China in January 2020 and finally spread worldwide. The outbreak 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. From February 28, 2020, the WHO in its reports assessed the risk at a global level as “very high” (English 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?
On January 13, 2020, the first laboratory-confirmed infection with SARS-CoV-2 was reported from Thailand – and thus outside the People’s Republic of China. On January 23, 2020, the first case of infection outside of Asia was reported in the United States of America. There was a connection to travel to or from Wuhan. The first death outside of China occurred in the Philippines on February 2, 2020. It was a Chinese from Wuhan. On February 9, 2020, the number of registered deaths, at over 800, exceeded the total number of deaths in the SARS pandemic in 2002/2003.  On February 15, 2020, France reported the first death outside of Asia, a person who entered China. The first two Europeans who died of COVID-19 were reported from Italy on February 23, 2020. The WHO report of February 26, 2020 reported for the first time more new infections outside of China than within, with the WHO report of March 16, 2020 the number of cumulative infections outside of China (86,434) then exceeded that within China (81,077).
On March 7, 2020, the WHO reported over 100,000 infected worldwide for the first time, with 3,486 deaths; on March 19, over 200,000 infected for the first time, with 8,778 deaths. Just four days later, on March 23, 2020, the WHO already reported over 300,000 infected, with 14,510 deaths. Italy became the new epicenter of the pandemic, on March 19, more deaths were reported here than in China for the first time. On March 23, 2020, besides China and Italy, there were the most cases of infection in the United States, Spain, Germany, Iran and France; only a few new infections were reported from China. There are (as of March 23, 2020) 186 countries or territories affected: 19 countries in Asia, 21 in the Middle East, 39 in Africa, 57 in Europe, 43 in America and 7 in Australia and Oceania.
How COVID-19 has been Changing Society?
In a large number of countries, the pandemic is now characterized by massive cuts in the public life of society and in the private life of its citizens. Source: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/COVID-19-Pandemie
+++ Latest Numbers: 400.000 Confirmed Infections +++
Confirmed infections: 407,485; Currently infected: 285,026; Dead: 18,225; Recovered patients: 104,234
As of March 24, 2020, 7:30 p.m. (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!