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Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 is difficult to detect and control as many people carrying the disease often display no symptoms. There is currently no vaccine or treatment for COVID-19.
Scientists believe that it is highly likely that the virus originated in bats and passed through an intermediary animal before infecting humans.
COVID-19 has now spread to nearly every country in the world since it first emerged in China and millions of people are known to have been infected by the virus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) designated COVID-19 as the official name for the disease, previously known as ‘novel coronavirus’. The name COVID-19 is derived from the first letters of the words ‘coronavirus’, ‘virus’ and ‘disease’.
People with COVID-19 often display a wide range of symptoms – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear between 2 – 14 days after exposure to the virus.
Common signs of infection include:
Other less common symptoms include nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. In severe cases, the virus can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and possible death.
If you have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 contact your local healthcare provider and self isolate for 14 days
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. The virus could also spread by touching a contaminated object or surface, and then touching the mouth, nose or eyes but it is primarily spread through the respiratory droplets of people in close contact.
If you are a migrant or person seeking asylum during the virus outbreak, you should take precautionary measures to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19. The following tips can help stop the virus from spreading further:
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