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UK Struggles to ensure public safety measures are enough
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause disease in animals. Seven, including the new virus, have made the jump to humans, but most just cause cold-like symptoms.
The new virus, officially called Covid-19, is also dangerous - so far, around 20 per cent of confirmed cases have been classed as severe or critical. So far, around 15 to 20 per cent of hospital cases have been classed as "severe" and the current death rate varies between 0.7 per cent and 3.4 per cent depending on the location and, crucially, access to good hospital care.
The new coronavirus (Covid-19) is spreading fast. More than 187,000 people are known to be infected and over 7,400 deaths have been recorded - including 55 people in the UK
and currently today nearly 2000 cases recorded and doubling every 48hrs set to cause conservatively over 20000 deaths if we act fast!
Government Strategy And Part Of The Problem?
The current Government strategy intends in its majority to slow the peak of this virus until summer to allow our NHS to be free from the seasonal flu that we face every year
Advice currently is to reduce social contact as much as possible and to protect our most vulnerable members of society.
Moving into next week we will be looking at cancelling of any social event, closure of schools and the requirement of anyone over the age of 70 years old or anyone with an underlying medical condition to self isolate for up to 3 months.
This I agree is a very necessary process to mitigate the outbreak however with this adds further suffering to the very people we are attempting to protect.