Coronavirus and Cocked Up Legs

Last summer I overdid it with walking to and from work on rough terrain, running about after customers, squatting down to lift heavy boxes, etc, and ended up with a groin strain on both legs.

I went to the doctors in October, they diagnosed the problem and said to just rest it, so I did. 6 weeks later I felt bored and restless, but a google search said it could take as long as six months to recover. So be it.

Five months later and I’ve reached the end of my tether, so today I went to the osteopath, and resigned myself to paying to fix my god-damned legs. Our osteo is nice and cheap, because the physicians are all students learning the trade under the watchful eyes of their teachers, and today we had some Italian students in.

I was so eager to fix my legs, and end the trembling and aching once and for all that I didn’t stop to think.

Halfway through the session, my physician left the room to consult with his tutor, and when he came back, he was shaking his head in disbelief.

“I have been told that I have to end this consultation immediately. The British Government has sent us notification that all Italian students are to stay away from the patients, until the government is confident that we are not infected with the Coronavirus. I am so sorry for the inconvenience, it’s ridiculous, I haven’t even been to Italy since early January!”

I wanted to laugh. It all seemed so insane. He wasn’t allowed to treat me for a muscular problem? There was hand-sanitiser everywhere in the building, he hadn’t coughed or sneezed the entire time, and like he said: he and his colleagues hadn’t been to Italy since the outbreak began.

But this interaction made me think, it’s about time I started looking into the Coronavirus news and what’s actually happening. So, I’ve looked into it and figured I’d share the details with you guys.

So far, by today, 27th February 2020, there have been 82,585 people diagnosed, and 2,814 deaths officially recognised as being the direct result of the virus. It is important to bear in mind that in China, particularly in Wuhan right now, if people choose to die in their homes they are not being counted among those killed by the Coronavirus, a.k.a. COVID-19.

There are 50 countries currently being affected by the virus, and one cruise ship off the coast of Japan.

The largest number of cases is in China, with 78,514 people officially diagnosed. Below is the list of no. of people infected across the world:

South Korea: 1,766

The cruise ship, the Diamond Princess: 705

Italy: 528

Iran: 245

Japan: 207

Singapore: 93

Hong Kong: 92

US: 60

Kuwait: 43

Thailand: 40

Bahrain: 33

Taiwan: 32

Germany: 27

Australia: 23

Malaysia: 22

France: 18

Vietnam: 16

Spain: 15

UK: 15

U. A. E: 13

Canada: 12

Macao: 10

Iraq: 6

Oman: 4

Switzerland: 4

Philippines: 3

Austria: 3

Croatia: 3

Greece: 3

India: 3

Israel: 3

Finland: 2

Lebanon: 2

Pakistan: 2

Russia: 2

Sweden: 2

Afghanistan: 1

Algeria: 1

Belgium: 1

Brazil: 1

Cambodia: 1

Denmark: 1

Egypt: 1

Estonia: 1

Georgia: 1

North Macedonia: 1

Nepal: 1

Norway: 1

Romania: 1

Sri Lanka: 1

It’s a lot like that game, Plague Inc, where you have to infect the world.

Honestly, I think we’ll be fine in the greater part. We will lose some people, and it will be unfortunate, but the mortality rate is only 2%. Influenza – the seasonal flu virus that goes around every year – kills more people. But, COVID-19 hasn’t been around for long enough for us to confidently say that.

In the end, everyone gets ill. It’s an inevitable part of life. Just remember to wash your hands, and maybe invest in some hand sanitiser and a face mask for the time being.

Published by Academic Research

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