Kuyog: The Power of Numbers

We Filipino knows well the power of Numbers. In Politics, a political candidate win the election through the number of votes cast to his favor. The Higher the number of votes means the higher chance of winning. We know as Filipino how “Kuyog” does. It is a number of people who work together to outnumber their enemies and defeat it.

In the Philippines as of March 6, 2020 there are 2 admitted confirmed cases of CoVid-19 where as the current population of the Philippines is 109,119,273 according to WorldOMeter.

So why we are afraid of Covid 19? What is CoVid 19?

According to World Health Organization, 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)A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.  

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans. 

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 even 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.

The Director General of World Health Organization have made a media briefing on March 5, 2020 which you can read on their website that you can found the link here. It is mentioned in the media briefing that Covid 19 is a serious disease. It is not deadly to most people, but it can kill. 

Indeed that this virus can kill people, but on the early statement it has been mentioned that: “This epidemic can be pushed back…”

I am very hopeful that if all the People around the world which is almost 7,769,270,300 people alive will work together in love to fight the spread of Corona Virus (COVID 19), peace will be restored in our mind and stability will be regained in our heart.


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