Is the CoronaVirus just a Glorified Common Cold?


After the Outbreak started since the end of last year, the Coronavirus also known as Covid-19 has infected over 100,000 people. It has killed around 3,400 people with a kill rate of 3.4%.

According to the CDC (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) based in the United States of America, it is estimated that so far this season there have been at least 29 million flu illnesses, 280,000 hospitalizations and 16,000 deaths from flu.

That figure doesn’t seem like a lot when compared to the CoronaVirus. Out of all the CoronaVirus  Cases in the world, around 61 thousand have been closed, out of the closed cases, 57 thousand people have been cured and 3.4 thousand people have died.

These statistics mean that Even though the Corona Virus has a kill rate of 34 % it has a recovery rate of And because of the similar symptoms and method of infection, many people have been taking the virus lightly.

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It is true that the Corona Virus seems a lot similar to a Flu or Common cold, but it should be considered that the Coronavirus is still relatively new. Not much is known to the public. The only things we know are that the Symptoms of the virus are repetitive fever, cough and in worse cases Pneumonia.

The only reason that the Corona Virus has been shown to be recoverable and shown positive signs of improvement is the extreme action taken by the Chinese Government to contain the Virus. Chinese hospitals full of COVID-19 patients a few weeks ago now are empty. The number of new cases reported each day has reduced drastically in the past few weeks. But it is to be noted that the Chinese Government has acted in an inhumane way handling the virus.

There was a lockdown of many infected cities and most people were placed on house arrest. It is true that those methods have shown a fall in the cases being reported and stopped the spread of the virus within the country, but not many countries can replicate what the Chinese Government did. Many countries might not even have the resources to do so.

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The incubation period of about 14 days is the scariest bit. In a hypothetical situation, Even if you don’t test positive for the virus straight away for the next 14, if you move around and test positive, everyone who came in contact with you for the past few days is in danger of being infected with the Virus.

In Summary, the Virus is not something to be taken as lightly as a Common cold. It’s very dangerous and if not dealt with properly can lead to the fall of Governments. But on the other hand, it doesn’t mean you have to go into full panic mode, the virus is certainly recoverable from, but staying safe is always recommended as we don’t know the full length of the limitations and restrictions of the treatment.

Stay safe! And don’t travel anywhere especially if you are sick.