Let me now share about what we know about this novel coronavirus. This virus comes from the family of coronavirus which includes other viruses sush as MERS and Sars.
What actually is the coronavirus? How might it affect you? What can you do to prevent it?
First identified in early December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital city of China’s Hubei province, the novel coronavirus known as 2019-nCoV continues to spread around the world. China is in lockdown, and infection rates continue to increase. Don’t panic! Get informed with our short video primer on the new disease and the impact it will have on China and the world.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face.
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).
At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. WHO will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings become available.