The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global health emergency over a new coronavirus that has killed more than 2,900 people worldwide following an outbreak in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.
coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as severe acute breathing condition (SARS) and the Middle East breathing condition (MERS).
These viruses were originally transmitted between animals and people
According to the WHO, signs of infection include fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
In more severe cases, it can lead to pneumonia, multiple organ failure and even death.
Current estimates of the incubation period – the amount of time between infection and the onset of symptoms – range from one to 14 days. Most infected people show symptoms within five to six days.
However, infected patients can also be asymptomatic, meaning they do not display any symptoms despite having the virus in their systems.
How to avoid CORONA VIRUS
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.