All you need to know about Coronavirus

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Ever since the spread of the novel Coronavirus began from Wuhan in the Hubei province of China, the deadly virus has created havoc all across the world. With the death toll in China rising up to 1,113 with 97 new fatalities on Wednesday, cases of the novel virus spreading to countries like Germany and Japan have been reported too. In a view to create awareness across the world over the life-taking coronavirus, the World Health Organisation created a list of well-explained and detailed Questions and Answers (Q&A) on their official website.

The Questions and Answers (Q&A) list provides detailed answers to the most frequent questions asked about the novel coronavirus (nCoV). The answers given have been simplified for the understanding of the common man. Answers to over 20 questions like ‘What is coronavirus?’, ‘Can humans become infected with the 2019-nCoV from an animal source?’, ‘What can I do to protect myself?’, ‘How does the virus spread?’ and more have been provided for citizens across the globe.

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All you want to know about ‘novel’ coronavirus

A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain of coronavirus which was not previously identified in humans. The ‘novel’ coronavirus, now identified as 2019-nCoV, was first detected when its outbreak was reported in Wuhan in the Hubei province of China in December 2019.

What can I do to protect myself?

*Wash your hands regularly

*Start practising respiratory hygiene

*You should maintain social distance

*Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth when sick

*In case you are suffering from fever or cough and have difficulty in breathing, seek medical care fast

*Do not consume raw or undercooked animal products

How does the virus spread?

The novel coronavirus (nCoV) spreads mainly when you come in contact with an infected person especially when the latter coughs or sneezes. The virus can also be spread through droplets of saliva or nasal discharge. It is important for you to practise good respiratory hygiene. For example, you should use a tissue while sneezing or coughing and discard the tissue immediately into a covered dustbin. It is also very important that you wash your hands regularly with an alcohol-based handsoap and water.