As the news regarding the virus outbreak in China has us all on our toes, questions keep coming up and information seems to be everywhere but it’s hard to decide what is important and how to react. In this post you will find useful information and where to direct your queries if you have any.

What is this coronavirus virus?

The WHO defines coronaviruses (CoV) as 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). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.  

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.
The Wuhan novel coronavirus has been known to spread to humans as of 7 January 2020, making it now something to be concerned about. For now the known cases are limited to China, Thailand and the USA.

What can you do?

As the UK government and the WHO suggest, washing your hands, using gloves, cooking your food properly and covering your mouth when coughing and sneezing are key to keeping you healthy and preventing the transmission of this coronavirus given that it’s airborne.

What if you are traveling?

Currently, the UK is keeping the situation under review, but airports in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and the USA have started scanning for temperature and screening travellers from Wuhan.
Even though there are no current travel restrictions, please make sure to check the NaTHNaC website for more details if you are flying to China in the next few weeks.

When should you visit a doctor?

The incubation period for Wuhan coronavirus is days, not weeks, so if you have cold, flu or pneumonia like symptoms 14 days after visiting Wuhan, please see your GP. Given that there is no vaccine or specific medication to treat it, so for now the best thing that you can do is take measures to prevent it and transmitting it.

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