Whilst some of us are (hopefully) in our homes, doing our part to avoid further contamination, it is important to know exactly what we are dealing with.
The WHO says that 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,
- 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.
In the meantime, you might want to keep track of any new cases around the world. Find below the map of the World tracking Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases:
You can also check another map by clicking HERE. We sincerely hope that you are all taking the necessary precautions and that you will all be safe! We promise to do our best to keep you updated and hopefully also entertained with our future posts.