Coronavirus Explained: All You Need to Know About the Outbreak

The current outbreak has triggered panic across the world. What is the coronavirus? 

Updated30 Jan 2020, 09:30 AM IST
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The new strain of coronavirus that originated from Wuhan, China has reached several other countries, such as India, Japan, Taiwan, Macau, Singapore, South Korea, US, Vietnam and Thailand.

Countries in Asia and elsewhere have begun body temperature checks at airports, railway stations and along highways in hopes of catching people carrying the virus that can spread from human contact. The Chinese authorities have many cities, affecting millions of people.

Meanwhile, the Indian Embassy in Beijing has started two hotline numbers for Indians living in the region. The numbers are +8618612083629 and +8618612083629.

The Same Family of Viruses as the SARS Pandemic

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can cause a range of symptoms including a runny nose, cough, sore throat and fever. Some are mild, such as the common cold, while others are more likely to lead to pneumonia.

The 2019-nCov, as the new strain of the coronavirus is called, belongs to the same family of viruses as the one that caused the 2002-2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak which originated in China and killed nearly 800 people; paralyzing transport and damaging Asian economies. A different strain of coronavirus was responsible for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak in Saudi Arabia in 2012 that traveled to other countries, affecting 2144 people and leading to 750 deaths.

While countries and medical authorities are doing their bit to control the spread of the new disease, it's important to be aware of its causes and symptoms and also enlighten others about the same. FIT answers the most frequently asked questions about the coronavirus in three simple cards.

Coronavirus Explained: All You Need to Know About the Outbreak
Coronavirus Explained: All You Need to Know About the Outbreak
Coronavirus Explained: All You Need to Know About the Outbreak

(With inputs from AP)

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Published: 21 Jan 2020, 01:20 PM IST
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