The coronavirusisa family of viruses that can cause a range of illnesses in humans including common cold and more severe forms like SARS and MERS which are life – threatening . The virus is named after its shape which takes the form of a crown with protrusions around it and hence is known as coronavirus .
The recent outbreak of coronavirus is believed to have occurred in a market for illegal wildlife in the central Chinese city of Wuhan . Chinese health authorities and the WHO are investigating the outbreak of the recent coronavirus which has claimed 17 lives and reportedly infected hundreds .
As of now , 132 people have died because of the outbreak and many more have been infected . Since it ‘ sa new strain , there is no specific vaccine that can treat it . However , according to the WHO , ” many of the symptoms can be treated and therefore treatment based on the patient ‘ s clinical condition ” .
Due to the Chinese lunar holiday , the fears of the virus spreading haverisen as people travel overseas . However , responding to the fears of the virusspreading , China has put the source of the latest outbreak , the city of Wuhan , under a lockdown . It has suspended all outgoing flights and shut down urban transport network .
• Basic hand hygiene like washing hands with soap and water . • Cover mouth when sneezing or coughing . • Avoid unprotected contact with animals , thoroughly wash hands after contact . • Cook meat thoroughly before consumption .