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What is the Coronavirus?

This is the official definition of the Coronavirus as stated by the WHO


Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.  

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans. 

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

Helpful Information about Coronavirus

How Widespread is the Virus?

It's moving quickly.  Earlier on February 1, more than 250 people were reported dead and more than 12,000 cases  confirmed.  By February 12, there were more than 1100 dead, and more than 42,000 reported cases. 

Is there a cure for Coronavirus?

There is no known cure for Coronavirus. Most cases are mild, similar to a cold, but those with serious cases, are hospitalized, placed in isolation and symptoms are treated.

Latest Media Reports about the Corona Virus

CNN TV - February 13 - Number of coronavirus cases spikes 

CNN TV - February 12 - Coronavirus death toll surpasses 1100 

CNN TV - February 11 - Coronavirus surpasses 1000 in mainland China 

CNN TV: - February 10: Wuhan Coronavirus death toll tops 900 

New York Times, February 9: Deaths due to Coronavirus surpass those of SARS

WHO February 4: Coronavirus note yet Pandemic 

University of Minnesota: February 3 Spread of Coronavirus 

CNN: February 1, Coronavirus News 

BBC:  Coronavirus declared global health emergency by WHO  - January 31

China marks its deadliest day as WHO declares global health emergency in fight against Wuhan coronavirus  - Janaury 31


BBC: Coronavirus - how are patients treated: - January 30