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ET Explains: Everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus

The deadly outbreak has claimed lives of over 8,000 people and infected nearly 200,000 globally. The WHO has declared it a pandemic.

ET Explains: Everything you need to know about the novel coronavirus
The Health Ministry has confirmed 147 cases of coronavirus in India and three deaths so far. The disease has already claimed over 8000 lives globally and infected close to 200,000 worldwide. The WHO has declared the Covid-19 outbreak as a pandemic.

  1. What is coronavirus?
    The coronavirus is a 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.
  2. How did the recent outbreak occur?
    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.
  3. Is the recent strain fatal?
    Since it's a new strain, there is no specific vaccine that can treat it. However, according to the WHO, "many of the symptoms can be treated & therefore treatment based on the patient’s clinical condition". However, it has already killed over 8000 globally.
  4. What steps have been taken so far to check its spread?
    The Chinese govt initially locked down Wuhan - the epicenter of the virus outbreak. However it was too late. The virus has spread to all continents now, except Antarctica.
  5. How is India responding to the outbreak?
    India has expanded screening of international travellers. Few Indian travellers who were found with the coronavirus strain have been isolated and treated before their release.
  6. How has it affected the economy?
    Worries are mounting that prolonged quarantines, supply chain disruptions and a sharp reduction in tourism and business travel could weaken the global economy or even cause a recession.

Coronavirus explained: Here's all you need to know about the deadly virus
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The coronavirus (CoV) is a large family of viruses that causes illnesses ranging from the common cold to acute respiratory syndromes, but the virus that has killed four people in China is a novel strain not seen before.

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According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands. The viruses can also spread by touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands, the CDC said. In pregnant women, the more severe versions of MERS and SARS coronaviruses can be serious.

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In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.

In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people, according to the WHO. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans. On December 31, 2019, the WHO China Country Office was informed of mysterious cases of pneumonia detected in Wuhan City in China's Hubei Province. The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified as the causative agent by Chinese authorities on January 7.

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The discovery of a novel strain of the virus in China has compelled nations to quarantine passengers from the country and issue travel advisories, while prompting the WHO to convene an emergency meeting on the matter. Countries around the world have sounded an alert following the confirmation of the first case of human-to-human transmission of the deadly infectious disease. Cases have been detected in Thailand, Japan and South Korea. India has instructed screening of travelers from China at airports in Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata via thermal scanners.

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