Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last couple of months with no contact with the outside world, you might be aware that the world is in the grip of a ‘Coronavirus Pandemic’ at present.
The media like to bandy around and interchange the words “coronavirus” and “COVID-19”, with numerous people being reported as having died from ‘coronavirus’ or from ‘COVID-19’.
Actually, if you look closely enough, some people have been reported as dying ‘with coronavirus’, while others have died ‘from coronavirus’.
Then again, people are apparently dying from COVID-19, but that is probably for another article to come.
In this article, I mainly want to focus on what exactly ‘coronavirus’ is, and why the use of ‘coronavirus’ in many news headlines and other articles could potentially (actually, is) misleading and disingenous.
What is ‘coronavirus’?
First of all, I’d like to stress that I am in no way a doctor, scientist or anybody involved in the ‘health industry’, so I am in no way any kind of ‘expert’ in this field.
Secondly, it pains me to be quoting from that trusted bastion of truth that is Wikipedia, but I think in this case, while much of Wikipedia’s content could be brought into question, this stuff is pretty genuine.
Coronaviruses are a group of related viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, coronaviruses cause respiratory tract infections that can range from mild to lethal. Mild illnesses include some cases of the common cold (which has other possible causes, predominantly rhinoviruses), while more lethal varieties can cause SARS, MERS, and COVID-19. Symptoms in other species vary: in chickens, they cause an upper respiratory tract disease, while in cows and pigs they cause diarrhea. There are yet to be vaccines or antiviral drugs to prevent or treat human coronavirus infections.
Coronaviruses constitute the subfamily Orthocoronavirinae, in the family Coronaviridae, order Nidovirales, and realm Riboviria. They are enveloped viruses with a positive-sense single-stranded RNA genome and a nucleocapsid of helical symmetry. The genome size of coronaviruses ranges from approximately 26 to 32 kilobases, one of the largest among RNA viruses. They have characteristic club-shaped spikes that project from their surface, which in electron micrographs create an image reminiscent of the solar corona from which their name derives.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronavirus
Just note for future reference the following:
There are yet to be vaccines or antiviral drugs to prevent or treat human coronavirus infections.
But what we can gain from this insight is that there is no ‘specfic’ coronavirus, but a whole ‘family’ of viruses that fall under this bracket.
So next time you read about how someone supposedly died ‘from/with coronavirus’, a very good question to be asked at that point would obviously be “which one?”
I have some more thoughts and observations on this whole ‘Coronavirus pandemic’ but I think I’ll break them down into more ‘bite-size’ pieces, as there is a whole lot of deception going on I feel here.
So there is more to come on this. Plus a whole lot more available elsewhere if you’re brave enough to seek it out…
Leaving this here too for future reference, from the GOV.UK website on the status of ‘COVID-19’:
Status of COVID-19
As of 19 March 2020, COVID-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious disease (HCID) in the UK.
The 4 nations public health HCID group made an interim recommendation in January 2020 to classify COVID-19 as an HCID. This was based on consideration of the UK HCID criteria about the virus and the disease with information available during the early stages of the outbreak. Now that more is known about COVID-19, the public health bodies in the UK have reviewed the most up to date information about COVID-19 against the UK HCID criteria. They have determined that several features have now changed; in particular, more information is available about mortality rates (low overall), and there is now greater clinical awareness and a specific and sensitive laboratory test, the availability of which continues to increase.
The Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP) is also of the opinion that COVID-19 should no longer be classified as an HCID.
The need to have a national, coordinated response remains, but this is being met by the government’s COVID-19 response.
Cases of COVID-19 are no longer managed by HCID treatment centres only. All healthcare workers managing possible and confirmed cases should follow the updated national infection and prevention (IPC) guidance for COVID-19, which supersedes all previous IPC guidance for COVID-19. This guidance includes instructions about different personal protective equipment (PPE) ensembles that are appropriate for different clinical scenarios.