How is coronavirus challengeable for Medical Science?

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As we are continually receiving reports that the coronavirus has peaked in China, the contagious disease is likely to be turned into a pandemic, the World Health Organization(WHO) warned, as infections mushroom in other countries. Financial markets have gone through a tailspin after the grim news of deaths and outbreaks in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Even the Chinese epicenter appeared to be claiming, with the death toll at its lowest for almost three weeks.

But the situations are exacerbating with every passing day in other countries, with more than 2,000 cases and around 30 death reports abroad, prompting a raft of restrictions on travelers from infected nations. South Korea, Italy, and Iran have lodged particularly sharp increases in infections and deaths, while several other countries in the Middle East reported their first case of the novel coronavirus.


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The virus is believed to have spread to humans from an animal. Most recently, researchers have traced a possible link to the endangered pangolin: a shy creature hunted ruthlessly for its meat and scales, which is used in traditional Chinese medicine. At this point, only this much is certain that the pace at which the coronavirus is spreading around the world at a pace that exceeds our understanding of it. Tragically, the list of victims includes the Chinese doctor Li Wenliang, who is believed to is believed to have contracted the disease from a patient he was treating in Wuhan city, the epicenter of the storm. In  December last year, the 34-year-old doctor had taken to social media to break the news of a deadly “SARS-like” new virus, but instead of paying heed to his warning, the Chinese authorities tried to silence him for “rumor-mongering”, and begin an investigation against him for having “severely disturbed the social order”. Posthumously, the young doctor is now being hailed as a hero, and there is simmering anger towards the way the initial warnings were handled.


Although scientists have learned a lot so far, there is still much they do not know about the novel virus spreading in China and other countries Chinese health authorities said over the weekend they’ve recorded cases where transmission occurred before the transmitting person showed symptoms. If that’s a common feature of this infection, it’s going to cause serious problems. With some viral illnesses — like influenza, for example — people can start infecting the people around them a day or two before they start to feel sick. That’s insidious because it means infected people can go to work, take the subway, go to church or to the movies — unaware that they are emitting viruses that can infect others.


Fortunately, scientists around the world are working at breakneck speed to figure out how to detect, treat, and control the new coronavirus. On Feb 10–12, 2020, WHO brought almost 400 scientists together for a research and innovation forum on the new coronavirus. The meeting covered the topics of diagnostics, vaccines, and therapeutics for COVID-19, alongside questions of how to best integrate social science into the response and protection of health-care workers from infection. The forum generated a research roadmap, due to be published at the end of February 2020, to develop tools to help control the outbreak, reduce deaths, and minimize damage to economies and the social fabric of communities.

Here’s a reference to quickly check WHO take on the novel virus.