Public fear is at an all time high ever since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the new coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern which means it’s time to get informed on everything there is to know about 2019-nCoV.
So far, the U.S. has issued a Level 4 travel advisory (the highest level) to its citizens warning them not to travel to China and China has placed quarantine-like restrictions on the city of Wuhan, as well as some surrounding cities. Despite their best efforts, the virus has spread internationally to countries around the world, including Canada and the United States. To get better informed on the topic and how to protect yourself, here is the most recent information on everything you should know about the coronavirus…
1. What is a Coronavirus?
According to WHO, coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause a range of illnesses, from the common cold to more serious diseases like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). These viruses are zoonotic which means they can be transmitted between animals and people.
A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that had not been previously identified in humans. There are several known coronaviruses circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans. After investigation, it was learned that the SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and the MERS-CoV was transmitted from dromedary camels to humans.