The Coronavirus has a lot of people frightened by their flu symptoms, with good reason to, there is no documented cure yet. The Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) defined bt the World Health Organisation (WHO). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning, transmittable between animals and people. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not infected humans, yet.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and unfortunately death.
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing and not to forget to avoid crowded places.
With this information said, there has been a spread in websites all over the internet spreading false information about the Coronavirus. Ifodemic is a word that means
- (informal) An excessive amount of information concerning a problem such that the solution is made more difficult.
So in light with this misinformation, there is a dude, 17-year-old from the United States who set out to make a website that pulls together the most accurate and latest data about the epidemic. Avi Schiffmann’s coronavirus information website ncov2019.live was made in early January when there were fewer than 1,000 confirmed cases and it hadn’t yet spread outside of China.
The homepage has quick facts that are updated every 10 minutes, total confirmed cases, total deaths, countries infected etc. there is a column that lists the outbreak numbers for provinces and cities in China and another column breaks out data for other countries. An update on the site says a new column is coming that will list individual U.S. states, and also translate the information in more than 10 languages.
The site also contains information on how to prepare if Coronavirus impacts your area and how to prevent catching the virus. An interactive map Google map (below) crowd sourced by another group of volunteers is also embedded on the site and there’s a Twitter feed of the latest alerts and breaking news, and more.