On this website, you can find information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019. Please visit this page for daily updates. Coronavirus can be spread by direct contact of people who have a cold or cough. It can easily spread if the throat is dry. Try to keep the throat moist by continuously drinking water. Corona is a large group of viruses, which can affect both humans and animals with cold-related diseases. The intensity of the infection ranges from the common cold acute respiratory syndrome.
WHO is working closely with global experts, governments and partners to rapidly expand scientific knowledge on this new virus, to track the spread and virulence of the virus, and to provide advice to countries and individuals on measures to protect health and prevent the spread of this outbreak.
They serve as hosts for numerous viruses including Ebola virus and coronaviruses such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and novel coronavirus. Last year, researchers from Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore used Melaka virus, MERS coronavirus and influenza A virus and tested the responses of bats, mice and humans to these viruses.
The UK Confessed
It came as the global death toll neared 500 and a Belgian woman who boarded an evacuation flight to the UK tested positive for coronavirus. Hundreds of people are being held aboard another cruise ship in Hong Kong, where the airline Cathay Pacific has also reportedly asked 27,000 staff to take unpaid leave.
The number of infections around the world is closing in on 25,000, but the majority are in China. The UK has urged its citizens to avoid all travel to the Chinese mainland, while Matt Hancock, the health secretary, has warned that he expects more cases to be diagnosed in Britain.
However, the new strain of coronavirus, which causes MERS, is a novel virus to humans. So far, the information related to the disease, it’s signs, modes of transmission and even the sources of infection are very limited.
There is no cure, so treatments include taking care of yourself and over-the-counter (OTC) medication:
- Rest and avoid overexertion.
- Drink enough water.
- Avoid smoking and smoky areas.
- Take acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen to reduce pain and fever.
- Use a clean humidifier or cool mist vaporizer.
The virus responsible can be diagnosed by taking a sample of respiratory fluids, such as mucus from the nose, or blood.