Coronavirus firstly encountered in Wuhan city of China. Initially, when Chinese authorities found this virus, it was medically unidentified as what family of viruses it belong, because it did not match with any other known virus.More than 5 million people left Wuhan before China declaring Wuhan a quarantined city. WHO was alerted to several cases of pneumonia in Wuhan City. This unknown virus was temporarily named “2019-nCoV” A week later on 7 January, Chinese authorities confirmed that they had identified a new virus – “Coronavirus” (A respiratory Virus – thus naming ‘corona’).
Corona is a family of viruses that include the common cold, and viruses such as SARS and MERS. They are transmitted between animals and people. This virus usually causes respiratory illness.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.WHO has advised people on how to protect themselves and those around them from getting the disease.
Recommended precautions to adhere to WHO from spreading coronavirus 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.
Confirmed cases reported: (so far – 28 Jan)
Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, United States, Nepal, France, Australia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Canada, Germany.
Suspected cases reported: (so far – 28 Jan)
Mexico, United Kingdom, Indonesia, India, Philippines, Portugal, Turkey, Austria, Israel, Pakistan, Switzerland, Czechia, Fiji, Ivory Coast, Romania, Ecuador, Poland, Mongolia, Greece, Switzerland.