Novel Corona Virus – All you need to know
Novel Corona Virus

Novel Corona Virus: On the 31st of December last year, China reported a few cases of people with pneumonia from their Wuhan district, a few of there were employed at a seafood market in the area. After a few days, and approximately 40 reported cases of the same issue, the Chinese officials declared that it was a new type of virus, The novel virus ( novel referring to a virus that has never been seen before) was named 2019-nCoV and was identified as belonging to the coronavirus family, which includes SARS and the common cold.

Coronaviruses are viruses that circulate in animals but are sometimes known to infect humans as well. Once a human is infected, it can be transmitted to other humans through being in proximity to an infected person and inhaling droplets
generated when they cough or sneeze or touching a surface where these droplets
landed then touching one’s face or nose. Some of the symptoms of the virus include fever, shortness of breath and coughing.

There are a wide range of animals that transmit coronaviruses, like the Middle East
respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) originated from camels and the
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) originated from civet cats, in this case,
the virus is presumed to have spread from animals from the Huanan seafood market
in Wuhan.

According to recent reports, about 491 people have died in China, One person in the
The Philippines and one person in Hongkong as a result of the virus and a total of 24,619 cases have been reported in total, with 3 of those cases in Kerala. However, getting affected by the coronavirus doesn’t mean a death warrant. According to statistics, only 2-3 percent of the affected die as a result of the virus, Older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes and heart disease are more susceptible to becoming severely ill after being infected with the virus.

Though there still isn’t a clear cure for the virus, prevention is the best cure. Wash
your hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, especially after
getting to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or
sneezing. If soap and water aren’t readily available, use an alcohol-based hand
sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if
hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed
hands. Avoid close contact with people that are sick and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces employing a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

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