Ever since China verified that there were over 500 cases of a fatal coronavirus outbreak, it has been widely reported in the media. The Chinese city of Wuhan went into lockdown in an effort to stop the spread of the new virus, which has killed 17 people, due to the constant increase in the number of affected persons.
Authorities are currently imposing quarantine measures on the 11 million residents of the metropolis by halting trains and airplanes from entering and leaving the area. Similar regulations that go into effect at midnight today will also apply to the more over 7 million residents of Huanggang, which is close.
The epicenter of the outbreak is reportedly Wuhan, which is also thought to be the source of the novel coronavirus strain. The locals are anxious about food shortages and have been urged not to leave; some have even said it feels like "the end of the world."
Although the origin of the outbreak is still unknown, some specialists have hypothesized that fruit bats, which are a common ingredient in an odd soup that is considered a Chinese delicacy, may be the virus's origins.
This week, videos of people consuming the possibly fatal soup have surfaced on social media. In one video, a female is shown eating supper with pals and using chopsticks to put a black bat in her mouth.
Dystopia (@Dystopia992) says,
The globalSARS pandemic in 2003 claimed the lives of almost 8,000 people. The #virus is thought to have originated in bats or civet cats 🦠.
The cooked insides of the animal, including its teeth, are visible floating around in the soup, giving the delicacy a somewhat unappealing appearance.
Dystopia (@Dystopia992), “Bat Soup” on 🇨🇳 diners’ desk.#Wildlife animals hv ALWAYS been “delicacies” in #China, some even claim they can improve health & sexperformance. Let’s NOT forget #Bats are reservoirs for <60 viruses.
“The Wuhan coronavirus’ natural host could be bats… but between bats and humans they may be an unknown intermediate,”experts stated in a release.
The Foreign Office is cautioning British citizens not to travel to Wuhan due to concerns of a worldwide outbreak. Cases of the SARS-like illness have already been confirmed in China, Japan, Korea, and the US, and the risk to the world's population is growing.
Like the common cold, the SARS virus killed about 800 people worldwide in the early 2000s and was thought to be a coronavirus strain.
Authorities have stated that the new strain is thought to have started at a Wuhan seafood market that "conducted illegal transactions of wild animals." Since then, the market has been closed since the start of the year.
Scientists are still looking into the transmission chain to be sure eating bats is the real cause of it. Prominent virologists warn that if the outbreak is not contained, billions could be in danger.
Wuhan residents have already received advice to minimize public meetings and stay away from crowds. It is now required to wear a mask in public areas.
Fever and coughing are the first signs of the viral infection, which starts in the lungs. Breathing difficulties and shortness of breath may ensue.
Even though the World Health Organization hasn't yet declared a worldwide emergency, the committee of health experts will convene once more this week to discuss the infection's continued spread and reevaluate the risk to the world's population.