Ever since the deadly coronavirus broke out in Wuhan, China this month, the deadly virus has been spreading at an alarming pace, subsequently infecting thousands of people across the globe.
China has descended into mass hysteria as people desperately attempt to protect themselves from the virus, and many flights in and out of the country have been grounded. And those who have been traveling have been going to extreme lengths to protect themselves.
Scroll to the end to see what protocols have been put in place to stop the spread of the virus.
Wuhan, China is currently in the middle of a medical crisis.
via: Getty ImagesThe Chinese city, which has a population of over eleven million citizens, is currently on lockdown as authorities investigate the spreading of a deadly disease.
It is known as the coronavirus outbreak.
via: Getty ImagesReuters has given a short guide to what it is exactly: "Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that get their name from what they look like under a microscope - they are spherical and their surfaces are covered with "crown"-like spikes."
They also wrote this:
via: Getty Images"Coronavirus infections can lead to respiratory illnesses - some of which can be severe and deadly, and some of which can be much milder, such as the common cold."
The symptoms can be deadly.
via: Getty"Coronavirus infections have a wide range of symptoms, including fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and death."
And everyone is asking the same thing...
via: GettyWhat is it that's causing this deadly virus?
There are many theories...
Reports that two patients have been tested for #Coronavirus in Scotland. NHS Lothian and NHS Greater Glasgow and… https://t.co/XFxOFEbLNv— Chris Green (@Chris Green)1579789802.0
Bats are believed to be one of the main culprits...
via: GettyStrains of the virus have been discovered in bats in the past and, with them being a delicacy in some areas of China, they are believed to be one of the primary causes.
But regardless of where it comes from, the virus can be spread quickly and easily...
via: GettyThe strains can be spread by coughing, kissing or making contact with saliva, Chinese officials say.
And it is notoriously difficult to cure...
via: Getty ImagesBecause of the speed in which the virus can mutate. The technicalities read: "The virus blends with its host's DNA, which means it can mutate rapidly."
And, sadly, the casualties so far have proved to be fatal.
via: Getty ImagesSo far, there have been over 20,645 cases of the virus, and 427 people have confirmed to have died.
Things are only getting worse.
via: Getty ImagesThe virus continues to spread, and traces of the disease have already been discovered and in at least 23 other countries including Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and Japan.
And the first cases have now been confirmed here in the U.S.
via: Getty ImagesThere are currently eleven active cases being monitored in the US, but because of the speed of mutation, it has also spread across the nation to California. A young girl is currently hospitalized with the virus and is showing no signs of recovery.
The United Nations may be on the brink of declaring a global outbreak.
via: Getty ImagesThe United Nations’ health agency was forced to delay a decision on whether to declare the outbreak an international public health emergency as they continue to discuss the appropriate solution to the crisis.
Travelers have been advised against visiting the infected city...
via: GettyAnd thousands have been hastily canceling all travel plans.
But, despite the worrying chances of being infected...
via: GettySome have decided to take the risk and travel to and from the country anyway.
Extra precautions have been taken by these brave travelers...
via: GettyAnd the majority have been donning face masks in an attempt to lessen the chance of catching or spreading the virus.
But some people have taken some rather interesting tactics to avoid infection...
via: GettyAnd we're not talking about face masks or hand sanitizers, here.
Things have been getting quite silly.
This women is taking protection to the next level. SHE’S WEARING A PLASTIC BAG OVER HER HEAD. Save yourself from th… https://t.co/yDYjuXyiOn— Edward Lawrence (@Edward Lawrence)1580104755.0
It appears that some people would rather suffocate than catch the virus...An entire family was captured, standing patiently in a check-in queue, while all wearing giant plastic bags that covered their heads and bodies.
Some opted for giant plastic bottles...
Taking extreme measures at the Hong Kong MTR. The CDC "does not advise wearing containers on your head to prevent a… https://t.co/VwFr2WImEv— Anthony A. Kung 龔家驊 (@Anthony A. Kung 龔家驊)1580279197.0
And this woman doubled up...
@geofflo610 https://t.co/G3OOITL1xt— Paul Daly (@Paul Daly)1580271682.0
Obviously, these methods are not effective ways of avoiding the virus.
via: GettyNo amount of plastic will protect you from the coronavirus, sorry.
It is probably best to ditch the plastic...
via: GettyAnd all other plans to travel in and around China. The coronavirus incident is still developing, and we will bring you updates throughout its progress.
The Indonesian government has put protocols in place.
Travellers were doused with the disinfecting liquid.
The travelers will spend the next fortnight in isolation.
via: GettyAll passengers showing signs of being unwell were transported to a military base on Natuna Island.
The Indonesia Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave a press release.
via: GettyThere were 243 people aboard the flight from Wuhan. The press release stated, "all have gone through multiple health checks by the Chinese health authorities and the Indonesian Doctors Team at Wuhan International Airport following the health protocol, to ensure that they are all in good health."
There has been 20,000 cases and over 427 deaths since the outbreak.
via: GettyHowever, there is some hopeful news. Researchers from John Hopkins University say more people have recovered from the coronavirus than died. The university is tracking new confirmed cases of the disease.
The director of the Centre for Systems Science and Engineering, Lauren Gardner told CNN...
via: Getty"We built this dashboard because we think it is important for the public to have an understanding of the outbreak situation as it unfolds with transparent data sources." She said, talking about the tracking map they built to track all confirmed cases.
This sounds hopeful.
via: Getty"For the research community, this data will become more valuable as we continue to collect it over time."