What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus

Recently, the deadly disease named the Novel Coronavirus has been exposed to the U.S. It was first identified and originated from Wuhan, China. Scientists began to link it to an animal – to – human virus because most patients that had it had recently eaten seafood, but with more patients beginning to get the disease, it has become unknown what carries and passes off this virus. The disease is deadly, killing as many as 1,000 people globally, and infecting more than 40,000, according to CNN. 

Meriam- Webster defines a “coronavirus” as a, “…single-stranded RNA viruses that have a lipid envelope studded with club-shaped projections, infect birds and many mammals including humans.” Information about the disease is mostly based on similar coronaviruses, which are common within animals such as cats, camels, bats, etc. Common symptoms of the disease from the most recent coronavirus are coughing, fever, and shortness of breath, which are similar to flu-like symptoms. These symptoms can begin two to fourteen days after exposure.

The disease spreads with close contact (CDC.gov says six feet) or through saliva from coughing or sneezing. To prevent this disease, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has put out some basic precautions like washing your hands whenever you can, covering your cough, and staying home when you are sick. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently published advice for people traveling, especially in airports. The WHO recommended travelers take certain precautions and the report offers up to date information about the disease, and other details, which can be read here.