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Coronavirus

What is Coronavirus (CoVid-19)

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus. The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and avoiding close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell.

How it spreads

Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.

What are the coronavirus symptoms?

Coronavirus infects the lungs. The two main symptoms are a fever and a dry cough, which can sometimes lead to breathing problems.

The cough to look out for is a new, continuous cough. This means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or having three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. (If you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).

You have a fever if your temperature is above 37.8C. This can make you feel warm, cold or shivery.

It takes five days on average to start showing the symptoms, but some people will get symptoms much later than this. The World Health Organization (WHO) says the incubation period lasts up to 14 days.

A sore throat, headache and diarrhoea have also been reported in some cases and a loss of smell and taste may also be a symptom. But these symptoms aren't specific to this coronavirus.

There is a lot we still don't know about the full range of symptoms.

 

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