Tracking Spread of the Novel Coronavirus - COVID-19

China better at fighting Covid than the Rest of World

Studies show the first case of coronavirus symptoms in China was most likely recorded on Dec 1. While China has the vast majority of infections even today, the chart shows that growth of Covid-19 cases (the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus) have grown at a rate much faster than in China. Such a growth rate would suggest over a million cases in less than 30 days.

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Coronavirus Explainer Video

Our full explainer video tells the story so far, gives a perspective on pandemics, explains the biology of how COVID-19 attacks the body, and gives you tips on how to protect yourself. Through 3D medical animation, understand the structure of the Coronavirus and how it hijacks cells into replicating the virus.

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Tracking the spread of nCoV

We track the daily change in the number of confirmed cases, death toll and recoveries.  We are also keeping abreast of the R0 (pronounce R-Naught) or average transmission rate.

Biology of nCoV

Virion Structure

The structure of COVID-19 has been revealed.  Using 3D medical animation we show the structure and explain the role of each component of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

Mechanism of Action

How does the virus transmit from human to human ? How does it gain entry into cells ? How does it replicate, destroy and go on to infect more cells ?  These are paramount questions for treatment, because if you can stop the virus sequence anywhere, you can potentially stop the virus. Using medical animation we explore the emerging biology.

How To Protect Yourself?

The CDC, NIH, WHO and many independents have shared guidelines on how to best protect yourself.  We’ve compiled the best recommendations into a simple, downloadable PDF. It’s free to download and share under the WIKI Creative Commons License.

World Response

Image Credits: BBC News

“The coronavirus death toll in the UK rose by 563 in 24 hours, according to the health ministy, a record jump that brought the number of patients who died in hospital to 2,352. The announcement on Wednesday came as Spain recorded its highest daily death toll – another 864 people – while infections jumped to 102,136, up from 94,417. In the United States, the death toll has exceeded 4,000 and the number of confirmed cases surpassed 200,000.”See more

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“In the Philippines, the 57 million residents of the country’s main island, Luzon, are under strict lockdown orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Despite that, many in a Manila slum took to the streets Wednesday to protest a lack of supplies, arguing they had not received any food packs since the lockdown started two weeks ago. The local government refutes those claims and clashed with protestors, ultimately arresting 20 people who refused to return home.  See more

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“The first of the government’s emergency field hospitals to treat coronavirus patients has opened in east London’s ExCel centre. The temporary NHS Nightingale Hospital is able to hold as many as 4,000 patients and is the first of several such facilities planned across the UK. The number of people who have died with coronavirus in the UK has increased by 684 in 24 hours, latest figures show. It comes as the Queen will address the nation in a televised speech on Sunday. The specially recorded speech about the coronavirus outbreak will be broadcast at 20:00 BST.” See more

Search For Vaccine/Treatment

“Researchers have tested a potential vaccine for COVID-19 in mice, which when delivered through a fingertip-sized patch, produced an immune response specific to the novel coronavirus at quantities thought to be sufficient for neutralising the virus. The study, published in the journal EBioMedicine, noted that when tested in mice, the PittCoVacc — short for Pittsburgh Coronavirus Vaccine — generated a surge of antibodies against the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, within two weeks of delivering it. “We had previous experience on SARS-CoV in 2003 and MERS-CoV in 2014. These two viruses, which are closely related to SARS-CoV-2, teach us that a particular protein, called a spike protein, is important for inducing immunity against the virus,” said co-senior author Andrea Gambotto from the University of Pittsburgh in the US.”See More

“As the world anxiously awaits a possible vaccine to prevent thousands of people from getting infected from COVID-19 virus, around 35 pharmaceutical companies and institutes are racing against time to create such a vaccine. At least four such companies, have already started testing in animals. The science journal of American Association of Advancement in Science (AAAS) reports that Boston based biotech firm, Moderna Therapeutics is speeding the vaccine through an internal safety trial in collaboration with National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.”See More
“The UAE has extended the nationwide National Sterilisation Programme until April 5, according to a report by the Dubai Media Office. According to the statement on Twitter, the programme will cover public facilities, public transportation and the Dubai Metro service. During the course of the disinfection drive, in place to combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus, people must stay home from 8pm to 6am each day. On Friday, the UAE Attorney General, Counselor Hamad Saif Al Shamsi, announced a new set of fines for those violating directives from the government, including fines for refusing to follow instructions regarding home quarantine, fines for those caught visiting public areas or organising house parties and penalties for those allowing more than three persons in vehicle.” See More.

Frequently Asked Questions

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