Novel Coronavirus: Where Did It Start And Where Are We At Now?

The coronavirus or also known as COVID-19 has spread to nearly every country since it first came out in Wuhan, a province in China last December of 2019. More than 860,000 people are known to be infected and over 42,000 deaths have been recorded all over the world. Whilst scientist all over the world are still looking for a cure, above 178,000 people has recovered from the virus as of 1st of April 2020.

How did it start?

Coronaviruses are common in animals of all kinds; it can evolve into forms that can infect and affect humans. Two coronaviruses have infected humans the past years causing the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2002 that killed over 8,000 people to 29 different counties and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak in 2012.

But how did it start to spread?

A study found that the genetic sequence of COVID-19 is 96% identical to a coronavirus found in bats. Thus, “bat soup” and bat meat are sold and popular in China for medicine.

Globally, on the 12th of March 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations declared this virus as pandemic due to its rapid escalation worldwide. This defines the outbreak as “prevalent throughout an entire country, continent or the whole world.” Several countries and airlines has suspended travel from affected areas and initiated comprehensive testing and screening in the airports.


What are the symptoms?

Scientists in China believe that COVID-19 has mutated into two strains: one more aggressive and one is not.

Initial symptoms for COVID-19 include fever, dry cough, body ache, sore throat and having difficulty to breathe.

“These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell” WHO added.

80% of the people who acquired the virus can recover from the disease without needing special treatments. However, 20% becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty in breathing.


How to self-isolate and stop the spreading of the virus?

If you think you are experiencing COVID-19 it is best recommended to self-isolate or quarantine yourself for 14 days.

You should practice:

1.) Staying at home

2.) Do not go to public places or work

3.) Do not use common utensils or shared stuff at home


To stop the spread of COVID-19 virus, it is highly recommended to do the following:

1.) Frequently wash your hands or at least always bring a hand sanitizer

Proper handwashing not only reduces the spread of COVID-19. It can also prevent the spread of different viral illness such as cold and/or flu. Scientists recommend washing your hands for at least 20 seconds to kills germs. You don’t have 20 seconds to spare and patience? We recommend singing the lyrics of your favorite song twice whilst washing your hands! (You can sing happy birthday too!)

2.) Avoid touching your face

It takes one touch for microorganisms on your fingers to slip into your body through your eyes or mouth. We encourage everyone to participate in this coronavirus challenge to #StopTouchingYourFace

3.) Sneeze or cough into the crook of your elbow to prevent your hands being contaminated

If you’re not wearing any masks, it is highly recommended to sneeze or cough into your crook. “When you cough into the air you can actually send microorganism as far as 3 to 6 feet in front of you” according to infection disease specialist Frank Esper, MD.

4.) Eat healthy foods.

Eating healthy foods will surely boost your immune system that will help your body to fight viruses and germs. But also note that before you prepare your food, don’t forget to wash your hands too!


Is coronavirus in the UAE?


1,798 people in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have tested positive for the virus thus far. 144 people have recovered, and 10 people died.

The first confirmed case of the pandemic of COVID-19 in the UAE was announced on 29th of January earlier this year.

A 73-year old Chinese woman who came to the UAE with her family from Wuhan was the first COVID-19 patient. The family of four, 36-year old mother, 38-year old father, 10-year old child arrived in Dubai on 16th of January and took the grandmother to a doctor with flu-like symptoms. On 23rd of January, the hospital confirmed that the family is infected.

After MOHAP’s announcement, residents immediately bought their face masks that led to sold-out across the Emirates. It also recorded the first patient in the Middle East.

On 22nd of March, Dubai started a 11-day sterilization campaign as an effort to fight the virus. The sterilization operations feature top-notch technologies and devices in accordance with international standard.

The municipality also imposed an 8PM-6AM curfew last March 26,27,28. The drive had been extended for a week until 5th of April.

To make sure residents of UAE follow #StayHome campaign as much as possible, UAE authorities have issued fines and you could end up paying AED2,000 if the authorities caught your outside trip is non-essential.


KOJ Interiors as we build the future for us all.


KOJ Interiors is in full-force in combating the COVID-19 virus. As our core business is interior fit out and construction our site teams and manufacturing facility is in full operations, but don’t worry we are taking the strict measures to ensure the safety of our employees and clients!

Our focus is to make sure that each one of our employees and workers are physically healthy before we smash our projects every day. We set-up UV lamps and hand sanitizers to disinfect our offices and to maintain the highest standard in our Dubai and RAK offices. We provide healthy foods to our staff with more frequent work breaks and some shorter hours, as our facility is 120,000 sqft, social distancing isn’t a problem.



Final thoughts


We should honor and include in our prayers our brave frontliners: doctors and nurses who are tirelessly working and treating people with COVID-19 even though they can acquire the virus from doing so. Kudos to your unending support and passion to help!

Meanwhile, there are many local and world organization who are helping these front liners, patients and poor communities around the globe by donating medical supplies and daily basic needs. Donate now!

Everyone has a part to play to help stem the tide of the coronavirus. Stay at home and listen to your local government, practice social distancing and wash your hands often at least 20 seconds. All these little things matter; they can make a big difference.

We can beat this as one people.

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