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An outbreak of New Coronavirus in China


China is facing an outbreak of Coronavirus- a cousin of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and has claimed nine lives so far. The health authorities fear that the casualties can increase and that the virus can even spread to other countries and continents. According to Leo Poon, the scientist who first decoded the virus believes that coronavirus started in animals and then spread to humans.

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The World Health Organization has offered guidance to countries on how to treat patients and monitor the infected people. Here is all you need to know about Coronavirus;

1: What is Coronavirus: 

                 A coronavirus are a group of viruses that are common in animals and in rare cases can be transmitted to humans. The coronavirus that is transmitted to humans is called Zoonotic by scientists.

2: Symptoms of Coronavirus: 

                 This virus causes difficulty in the breath; similar to that in common cold. The symptoms also include running nose, cough, and fever which could last for a couple of days. For those with a weak immune system- the elders and kids- Coronavirus can be much deadly.

3: How It Spreads:

                 It spreads typically with animal contact. Scientists think that for another virus like MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), camels and civet cats are to blame.

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4: Possible Treatment:

                 Currently, there is no permanent treatment for this type of virus. Doctors often prescribe topical pain killers and cold medication. Most of the time, the symptoms might just go away on their own. But better see a doctor if the symptoms remain for more time than a common cold.

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5: Prevention:

                 There are no vaccines available yet that could possibly provide protection against coronavirus. One can possibly reduce risk by avoiding sick people. Wash your hands regularly with soap. Stay home if you are sick. Take a hot bath and remain in a warm blanket.

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