Coronavirus – How It Started, Symptoms & Safety Tips

Update 25 March 2020:  2,144 cases in Australia with 8 deaths and 118 recovered. 417,676 cases across the world and 18,605 deaths. 108,312 recovered.

Australian announced a ban on overseas travel. All the cinemas, pubs, cafe etc will be closed. Food places only opened for takeaway. No social gathering is allowed. Check out the latest Australian immigration update

Coronavirus – How It Started, Symptoms & Safety Tips


Coronavirus (officially COVID-19) started from Wuhan, China somewhere around Dec 2019 and within 3 months, it spread in almost all the countries. At the time of writing this article, there are more than 275,000 cases of Coronavirus and more than 11,000 deaths across the globe. Around 91,000 people have recovered.

Professor Gabriel Leung, who led the campaigns during the SARS virus, believes 60 per cent of the world’s population could become infected with COVID-19 and that up to 45 million people might die from it.

It is believed that the virus started from a wet market in Wuhan city where they sell live animals to eat. Many Asian countries like HK, Thailand, China and more have these wet markets where they sell wildlife, cut them on the spot and sell them. In most cases, the conditions are not appropriate to handle these animals. This deadly virus which has killed over eleven thousand people so far and predicted to affect 40-60% of the world’s population came from the animal virus from one of these wet markets in the city of Wuhan.

Check out this video from 60 minutes Australia where a Journalist goes undercover at “wet markets”, where the Coronavirus started.

On 21st March 2020, Australia reached the mark of 1000 cases of Coronavirus. Australia has implemented a lockdown which means only citizens can enter Australia and no one else is allowed. Even the citizens have to self isolate for 14 days. There is a limit of 100 indoors and 500 outdoor public gathering.

However, these precautionary steps came a little late. Australian govt. should have taken these actions when the first few cases appeared in early Feb. The rules seem not enough and too late. Many believe there should be a curfew of 36 hrs to break the chain.

Coronavirus Symptoms

Most common symptoms are heavy coughing. It can be one pronged period of coughing or multiple periods of coughing in a day. The virus is hitting the respiratory system and making it tough for the victims to breath. Hence, Coronavirus typically need ICU beds which will be in shortage if the number of cases goes in thousands which most probably will.

Mild fever, sneezing and other flu-like symptoms are also seen in Corona patients. Currently, it is believed that if you have not been to overseas and not in contact with someone who has this virus then your flu-like symptoms is most likely because of flu only not from Coronavirus.

Many young people who are healthy are able to recover some easily and some in a hard way.  In some cases, it is possible that you may have the virus and you don’t even know it. The virus is mostly turning to be deadly for the elderly who are over 60 yrs old. But again these are just what we have seen so far but that doesn’t mean young people are completely safe and nothing can happen to them.

How to be SAFE from Coronavirus

Stay indoors, it is as simple as that. Do not go out unless you really have to. Do not go to a crowded place or any type of public gathering. Work from home. Avoid bring friends over or hosting get-togethers, parties etc.

Avoid cafes, restaurants or any other tourist places.

Clean your hands with antibacterial or alcohol-based handwash. Do not touch anyone or any surface outside. Keep a distance of more than one metre with another person where possible. It’s all commonsense really.

If you think you have Coronavirus then contact here:

National Coronavirus Helpline

Call this line if you are seeking information on coronavirus (COVID-19). The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The advice in this article is for basic knowledge purpose only and you should contact your doctor for professional advice.