Novel Coronavirus outbreak & how to be safe?
Coronaviruses belong to large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from cold to severe diseases such as SARS-CoV (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). These viruses are transmitted between people and animals and are considered as zoonotic. In case of SARS-CoV, viruses transmitted to humans from civet cats. Dromedary camels transmitted viruses to humans in MERS-CoV.
Novel coronavirus or nCoV are new types of coronaviruses that are responsible for current outbreak. nCoV are new coronavirus that has not been previously identified! It was first reported in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China on 31st December 2019. Within a month time the disease has widespread in China and few other countries. World Health Organization in collaboration with their health partners and Governments are trying to track the spread and the virulence of the virus. nCoV cases have been identified in many other countries – Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Australia, Philippines, Russia, Vietnam, France, India, USA and others. Many airports are monitoring body temperature of travelers in order to keep an eye on the disease transmission. How to be cautious and prevent the spread of this deadly virus? Learn more about this new virus strain.
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Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: February 3, 2020