“The coronavirus is spreading at a breakneck speed and it is important to put all the necessary resources into halting it,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.
Hence the need to know about the novel virus and how to protect ourselves and loved ones from getting exposed to the virus.
What is coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a novel virus of a large family of viruses that can cause a range of illnesses from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) to pneumonia. The deadly virus was first identified as Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV which is now Covid-19, in the capital of China’s Hubei province known as Wuhan.
There are more than 31,000 confirmed cases in 25 countries, with over 600 reported deaths.
How is the novel coronavirus transmitted?
The virus can spread from person to person through direct contact, coughing and sneezing, and touching surfaces contaminated by the virus. It is not yet known how long the virus survives on objects, but simple disinfectants can kill it.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Some patients only experience mild symptoms and recover. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia or breathing difficulties. In rare instances, the disease can be fatal. The time from exposure to onset of symptoms is generally 2 to 14 days, but it may be contagious during this period and after recovery.
How to protect yourself and your children from the coronavirus:
- Wash hands often. Use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow.
- Don’t get close to anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms.
- Go to the doctor if you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing.
- Avoid direct, unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals.