What is Coronavirus ?

  • Member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before.

  • It seems that symptoms are showing up in people within 14 days of exposure to the virus.

  • Recent information indicates 2019 novel coronavirus, can be passed from person to person

  • 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 and SARS-CoV.

  • In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, kidney failure and even death.

  • It can be 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.

  • Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that range from the common cold to MERS coronavirus, which is Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus and SARs, Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus.

Where do coronaviruses come from?

  • Corona viruses are circulating in animals and some of these coronaviruses have the capability of transmitting between animals and humans. We call that a spillover event.

How can I help protect myself from a coronavirus?

  • The coronaviruses typically cause respiratory symptoms. So we recommend basic hand hygiene, such as washing your hands with soap and water and respiratory hygiene, such as when you sneeze, sneezing into your elbow. Ways to protect yourself against a potential animal source would be to avoid unnecessary unprotected contact with live animals and to make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly after contact with animals and also to make sure your meat is cooked thoroughly before consuming.

Is there treatment?

  • There are no specific treatments for coronaviruses, but symptoms can be treated.

Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu. Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. This is the longest known infectious period for this disease.

Symptoms have included:
  • fever
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • pneumonia in both lungs
  • In severe cases, infection can lead to death.