The COVID-19 pandemic has entered a new phase where patient demands may overrun healthcare institutions. An increasing influx of patients, both symptomatic and asymptomatic, need to get tested for the deadly virus.
By now, COVID-19 is already a global pandemic, and it’s no secret that it hits older populations the hardest. As cases of the novel coronavirus continue to rise worldwide (559,103 global cases as of March 27, 2020), researchers have learned from findings in China that the risk of severe illness and death increases with age. Older adults and those with underlying conditions are particularly susceptible to the respiratory illness, which can cause pneumonia in addition to the symptoms including fever, cough, cold, and shortness of breath.Source: Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Novel coronavirus (nCov) or as recently renamed COVID-19, is part of a large family of viruses that can cause respiratory illnesses ranging from common colds to more severe diseases like pneumonia. To date, there is still no specific way to prevent or treat the virus, urging the World Health Organization (WHO) to accelerate R&D efforts to contain the spread.