Wednesday, January 29, 2020

2019-nCoV: A High Chance of Recovery

Most people affected by the novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV or Wuhan coronavirus are expected to get well. 

Universiti Malaya Tropical Infectious Diseases Research and Education Centre (TIDREC) director Professor Dr Sazaly Abu Bakar (right) said unlike SARS, the 2019-nCoV had a case fatality ratio (CFR) of only about three percent, thus giving patients a high chance of recovery. 

WHO estimated that SARS’ CFR ranged from zero to 50 percent, depending on the age group affected, with an overall estimate case fatality ratio of 14 to 15 percent, while the MERS-CoV CFR stood at 35 percent. 

Sazaly, a virologist, biosafety and biosecurity expert, said the 2019-nCoV appeared to be less virulent at present, with the exception of the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. 

He said while it could be true that the virus could spread before the symptoms show, making it harder for the disease to be contained, precautionary measures should be in place. This includes thermal screening at entry points and the issuance of travel advisories. 

Surely, the above is encouraging news. 

Yesterday, I was at the Shah Alam Toastmasters meeting – where I was a speech evaluator as well as an assignment speaker. 

I presented a CC#4 speech titled Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. This was for my Competent Communication manual #66. Two more speeches remain before I complete the said workbook.

I was voted Best Speaker:

We had five project speakers and this is a good omen because it means we have members who are enthusiastic about giving speeches. 

And we had “yee sang” too!

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