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  • Writer's pictureKailash Mansarovar Yatra


As most of the news stations worldwide are broadcasting, there has been a spread of a new and dangerous virus outbreak in a city of China called Wuhan. It has been named as a ‘novel coronavirus’. The coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which cause a range of illness starting from a common cold. Till the spread and outbreak of this virus happened in Wuhan, China in December last year, none of the scientists and researchers had any idea that it could infect humans as well. Public health experts are giving all they can to track, understand, and contain the virus. The majority of the illness has been reported in China and in people coming from China. Here, China is mainland China which means the globalized parts of the country, the big cities, streets, etc. The most affected place in Wuhan and places around it.

The origin of the virus is said to be from a wet market in Wuhan, China. At such markets, outdoor stalls are squeezed together forming narrow lanes, mostly selling cuts of meat and ripe produce. Wet markets are known in China to keep humans and live and dead animals in close contact as the people are present in the markets selling meat, chicken, pork, etc. while the hungry dogs watch the stalls. This makes it easy for a virus to jump from an animal to a human. The coronavirus was known to spread in animals only, until this recent outbreak.

Many people believe and have stated that the virus has spread from bats too after researching one patient. The conclusion was that the virus was similar to the SARS virus that took China with a storm back in 2003, an animal virus that came from bats, most likely.

As far as the holy Mount Kailash and the sacred Lake Mansarovar is concerned, they are situated not in mainland China but in a very high altitude in the region of Tibet, that too far away from the streets and cities. Kailash Mansarovar is at a height of approximately 20,000 feet above sea level and is covered with nature.

The virus cannot reach out to that high of an altitude. And the pilgrims are safe to carry on and go to the holy abode of Lord Shiva without thinking about the flu. The holy pilgrimage is clean and the air at that height is low, but pure. No flu could reach out till there. Still, precautions which you need to follow- virus or no virus- must be followed like, cleansing your face, covering your mouth while coughing or sneezing, staying hydrated, etc.

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