This article about what are the symptoms of coronavirus COVID-19? was published by the Great British Mag content team on 13 February, 2020
What is coronavirus?
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of virus that is currently spreading across the world. Thought to have originated at a food market in Wuhan, China, current theories suggest it comes from bats. At the time of writing, there are almost 45,000 confirmed cases worldwide and around 1,300 deaths, mostly in mainland China.
The coronavirus causes severe acute respiratory infection and symptoms usually start with a fever, followed by a dry cough. As of 13 February, 2,521 people in the UK have tested negative for the virus and nine people have tested positive.
The World Health Organization has declared it a global health emergency.
What’s the risk of catching coronavirus in the UK?
The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. But the risk to individuals remains low.
Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.
How coronavirus spreads
We currently do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person, but similar viruses spread through cough droplets. It is highly unlikely coronavirus can be spread through packages from affected countries or through food.
What to do to protect yourself against the Coronavirus
There’s currently no vaccine for coronavirus and it’s unlikely there’ll be one within the next year or so. There’s also no fool-proof way of making sure you’re 100% covered from contracting COVID-19 but there are certain things you can do to reduce the risk:
- Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
- Wear a face mask
- When coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with your hand or a tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands.