Saturday, May 16, 2020

Covid-19: from Huanan Market traveling to around the world

The Huanan Market in Jianghan District, Hubei Province, is known as the largest seafood wholesale market in Wuhan and Central China. Every day, the area of 50,000 square meters and accommodating more than 1,000 tenants is full of visitors. The stalls are close to each other, the bustling view typical of traditional markets adds to the crowded view.
Although known for its seafood dishes, it turns out that the Huanan Market also provides a variety of wild animal meat. It is said that more than 112 kinds of animal meat are sold here, including bats, foxes, crocodiles, puppies, snakes, mice, wolves, salamanders, porcupines, even koalas.

When the Covid-19 pandemic broke out, the market was in the spotlight. Local authorities closed the market and investigated. Although there is no valid evidence of the origin of the Coronavirus from the market, the facts show that the first 41 people treated in hospitals with symptoms of Covid-19, two-thirds were exposed in the market. The Huanan Market was closed on January 1, 2020 and 33 of 585 animal specimens taken from the market showed evidence of 2019-nCoV.

According to researchers, the emergence of the Coronavirus cannot be separated from the presence of wild animals. The animal is the host of a virus that is most likely to be transmitted to the human body. Research shows, some dangerous virus infections come from wild animals that act as natural hosts.

Dr. Li Wenliang was the doctor who first warned of the dangers of the Coronavirus. He uploaded the warning on social media, but the local authorities responded negatively. Chinese police ask Dr. Li for not spreading hoax that can disturb the peace of the community. He was forced to sign a statement not to exaggerate the issue. Tragically, Dr. Li was then infected with the Coronavirus and died on February 7, 2020 at the age of 34.

Covid-19 then rolled wildly throughout the region. Hubei Province itself has implemented a lockdown on January 23, 2020. Thailand became the first country outside China to confirm that its citizens contracted Covid-19 on January 13, 2020. The virus then spread to the Middle East and continued to spread to several other countries.

Until mid-May 2020, the Worldometers website confirmed that Covid-19 had infected people in 215 countries in the world. Victims also fell. On March 28, Spain and Italy set the first record for the number of deaths in one day due to Covid-19, which is 832 and 889 people. This record was later broken by the United States on April 10, 2020, which is 2,000 people died in a day.

There are no experts who conclusively predict when the Covid-19 pandemic will end. Various efforts to find the virus vaccine have not produced results yet. Efforts are made only to maintain human movement so that the virus does not spread more widely while waiting for the discovery of a powerful antivirus to drive Corona from the earth.

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