The coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19) was tested as a pandemic via the WHO on March 11. To what extent should we concern the coronavirus? We asked Professor Rebecca Cox, the virus specialist.
1 What is coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a giant family of viruses with four human viruses causing mild colds in all age groups. The virus seems to have a crown, hence its name. The family additionally consists of animal viruses that can infect people in a method called zoonosis. This form of infection has caused extreme pneumonia and death, like the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Previously, we have discovered comparable illnesses with the Severe Acute Respiratory Virus (SARS) virus and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS) virus. COVID-19 started in the city of Wuhan, in the Hubei place of China, however there is presently local distribution in different countries, notably in South Korea, Iran and Italy.
2 How does the coronavirus infect?
The new original coronavirus infection probably got here from an infected animal and humans. Now it infects human beings with sneezing and coughing, however additionally by means of contact with surfaces contaminated with viruses.