A medical worker disinfects a ward in Wuhan union hospital, China. Cases emerged in November, Chinese government data reportedly sugests. Photograph: Li Ke/EPA
April 7, 2020
Updated : April 8, 2020
The international civil and political rights Organization known as Actions for Justice ( AXJ ), and its Chapter in Wuhan, China, have opened an independent investigation into the coronavirus ( Covid-19 ) pandemic. If you are an independent Reporter with information you would like to share with AXJ please contact us as soon as possible.
Apparently the Chinese Military have all information and evidence from the Laboratory under a locked status and will not permit AXJ Reporters to access or investigate the facility. More information will be forthcoming.
The virus is mainly spread during close contact[a] and by small droplets produced when those infected cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets may also be produced during breathing; however, they rapidly fall to the ground or surfaces and are not generally spread through the air over large distances.
People may also become infected by touching a contaminated surface and then their face. The virus can survive on surfaces for up to 72 hours. It is most contagious during the first three days after onset of symptoms, although spread may be possible before symptoms appear and in later stages of the disease. The time from exposure to onset of symptoms is typically around five days, but may range from two to 14 days.
The standard method of diagnosis is by real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) from a nasopharyngeal swab. The infection can also be diagnosed from a combination of symptoms, risk factors and a chest CT scan showing features of pneumonia.
Recommended measures to prevent infection include frequent hand washing, social distancing (maintaining physical distance from others, especially from those with symptoms), covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or inner elbow and keeping unwashed hands away from the face. The use of masks is recommended for those who suspect they have the virus and their caregivers. Recommendations for mask use by the general public vary, with some authorities recommending against their use, some recommending their use and others requiring their use.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on 30 January 2020 and a pandemic on 11 March 2020. Local transmission of the disease has been recorded in many countries across all six WHO regions.
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