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Coronavirus: Symptoms, Risks you need to know about this virus

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Global
Health emergency has been declared by WHO over new coronavirus that has so far
killed at least 811 people with almost 37,500 cases reported from worldwide since
its outbreak in China’s Wuhan city.

According
to reports most of these cases are reported from China’s Hubei province.

On February 6 a US citizen in Wuhan could not battle the disease, while the Japanese Foreign Ministry has now reported a Japanese man “suspected of being infected” with the virus has also died in Wuhan on February 8.

What is coronavirus?

The coronaviruses
are a family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more
severe diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle
East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

According to WHO these viruses originally transmitted between animals and people, as for instance, SARS was transmitted from civet cats to humans while MERS travelled to humans from a type of camel.

Reports
suggested several known coronaviruses are circulating within the animals that
have not yet infected humans.

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This
novel coronavirus was identified by Chinese authorities on January 7 and named as
2019-nCoV, is a new strain that had not been previously identified in humans.

Symptoms?

According to WHO’s statement, individuals infected with this news strain can show signs of infection which include fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

In more
severe cases, these basic symptoms can lead to pneumonia, SARS, kidney failure
and even death.

The
statement said the incubation period for this new strain remains unknown but
experts suggested it could be between 10 and 14 days.

Is the virus deadly?

With the number of fatalities reported after being affected by this new strain has surpassed the toll of the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak it is deadly since it killed at least 813 people.

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