What is coronavirus?
Coronavirus is the scientific name for a group of viruses that cause things like common colds and more serious illnesses like SARS (severe acute respiratory symptom). They can be transmitted from humans to other humans or from animals to humans.
Why is it in the news today?
The coronavirus we’ve been hearing about is a new strain of the virus that nobody had come across before it struck patients in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China last year. It has now been named COVID-19 (Corona Virus Disease 2019) and as of yet, there is no vaccine. It is a serious issue now because of the rate at which it is spreading and the fact that it can be fatal.
As of writing there has been 79,000 reported cases and over 2400 deaths (you can keep up to date with the current figures here.
According to one of the first reports on Coronavirus by the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention the majority of reported COVID-19 cases are mild. However, the disease has the potential to be severe, or in worse cases – critical. Continue reading “Should people be worried about Coronavirus?”