Recent news of the outbreak of
coronavirus in China is making
headlines and worrying many of us.
The first case was reported on 31st
December at Wuhan, and since then
cases have cropped up all over, including
I thought I would share with you a brief
overview of this virus, what you need to
look out for, and how you can prevent
yourself from catching this virus.
WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS?
Coronavirus is a class of viruses
found in both animals and
The Middle Eastern Respiratory
Syndrome (MERS - spread
through camels) and Severe Acute
Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are
The current coronavirus that is affecting people in
China is the 2019-nCoV, also called the ‘novel’
It is called so as there have never been any reported
cases of such a viral infection in humans.
HOW DID HUMANS GET AFFECTED?
It is believed that the virus
originated from a live animal
market in Wuhan – a place
where they sold rabbits, snakes,
pangolins, and other animals.
WHO IS AT RISK?
Elderly people or those with high
blood pressure and diabetes seem to
be at a higher risk, mostly because
their immunity is low.
However, this is not entirely clear.
SYMPTOMS OF CORONAVIRUS
It takes between 2 to 14 days after exposure to get the