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What is Coronavirus? Everything You Need To Know

What is Coronavirus
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Coronavirus has infected more than 4500 people in China. Out of this, nearly 107 people died due to this virus. Till now, the illness has already spread in more than 15 countries around the world. 

The United States is not out of this race. As people who had recently traveled to China are coming back sick. On Tuesday morning, around 100 people in 26 U.S States have been tested for the virus. 

According to Chinese health officials, Coronavirus was initially spread from an animal to a human. Then, it further spread from human to human. The transmission seems more like a flu illness.

Officials have blocked all the in and out transportation in the Wuhan and surrounding areas. 

Coronavirus and its symptoms

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that causes an illness similar to the common cold or some respiratory syndromes. According to the WHO, these respiratory syndromes can be as serious as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) & Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). 

People who are infected with coronavirus have had symptoms like fever, shortness of breath and coughing. The virus has also pneumonia-like symptoms, which include infection in the air sacs of the lungs. That can fill those sacs with pus or maybe with the fluid. 

How to protect yourself from the virus infection? 

International Public Health Emergency has already been declared. That means restriction has been made for international travel, border checks, etc.  But till now, no emergency declared by WHO or Germany Foreign Ministry to travel to the Chinese cities of Wuhan.

Moreover, to protect yourself from the virus, it is advisable to take good hygiene measures. You should avoid close contact with people who are suffering from acute respiratory infections or the common cold. 

Wash your hands regularly in a proper way. Especially after being in contact with an infected person or even animals.

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Rhonda Palacios

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