What is Coronavirus ?

It is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has come from animals.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

The virus can cause pneumonia. Those who have fallen ill are reported to suffer coughs, fever and breathing difficulties. In severe cases there can be organ failure. As this is viral pneumonia, antibiotics are of no use. The antiviral drugs we have against flu will not work. Recovery depends on the strength of the immune system. Many of those who have died were already in poor health.

Is the virus being transmitted from one person to another?

China’s national health commission confirmed human-to-human transmission in January. There is now extensive human to human transmission across the world.

How many people have been affected?

As of 15 March, more than 156,000 people have been infected in more than 80 countries, according to the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering.

There have been over 7200 deaths globally. Just over 3,500 of those deaths have occurred in mainland China. More than 73,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus.

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