Ivory Coast tested positive coronavirus
1 person in Ivory Coast test positive for coronavirus aka COVID-19. File Photo

1 person in Ivory Coast test positive for coronavirus aka COVID-19

One person in Ivory Coast has tested positive for coronavirus according to multiple reports in the Western African country.

Earlier in January, Ivory Coast was the first country to report a suspected case of Coronavirus which turned out negative. The country like many others received testing capacity from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Ivory Coast also known as Côte d’Ivoire now joins the list of Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, DR Congo and South Africa as the few African countries were the deadly Coronavirus has been reported.

The case reported in the capital Abidjan was for a 45-year-old man. This has prompted the country’s government to call for calm stressing preparedness for the disease.

Coronavirus abbreviated as COVID -19 was declared as a pandemic by the WHO earlier this week, the pandemic is caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

The virus first emerged in Wuhan, Hubei, China, in December 2019.

Since then the virus has been spreading to many continents. As of 12 March 2020, over 126,000 cases have been confirmed in more than 110 countries and territories, with major outbreaks in mainland China, Italy, South Korea, and Iran.

More than 4,600 have died from the disease and 68,000 have recovered.

Ivory Coast tested positive coronavirus
1 person in Ivory Coast test positive for coronavirus aka COVID-19. File Photo

COVID -19 origination and symptoms

According to an article written by the Guardian Newspaper, the virus-like other coronaviruses comes from animals. It spreads between people in a way similar to influenza, via respiratory droplets from coughing.

The time between exposure and symptom onset is typically five days but may range from two to fourteen days.

The virus can cause pneumonia. Those who have fallen ill are reported to suffer coughs, fever and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, there can be organ failure. As this is viral pneumonia, antibiotics are of no use.

The antiviral drugs we have against flu will not work. Recovery depends on the strength of the immune system. Many of those who have died were already in poor health.

The virus can be easily transmitted from one person to another like flue it is contagious, however, the only difference is that it is worse than the normal flue because it is thought to cause about 400,000 deaths each year globally. 

Besides, there is no vaccine for the new coronavirus, which means it is more difficult for vulnerable members of the population – elderly people or those with existing respiratory or immune problems – to protect themselves.

Hand-washing and avoiding other people if you feel unwell are important. One sensible step is to get the flu vaccine, which will reduce the burden on health services if the outbreak turns into a wider epidemic.