On Dec. 31, 2019, World health Organization (WHO), was notified about a new kind of pneumonia in Wuhan City, Hubei province of China, but the virus that caused the illness did not match any of the known viruses.
A week later, Chinese authorities confirmed the identification of a new kind of virus, named coronavirus.
Coronavirus which causes respiratory illness, was temporarily named the 2019-nCoV”, it belongs to the family of viruses that includes the common cold, the SARSand the MERS viruses .
The National Ministry of Health outlined the following as symptom and prevention.
Symptoms of Corona virus
Recurrent high fever
Coughing, sneezing, more common in children.
Uneasy feeling, headache and respiratory infections in adults
Prevention of Corona virus
Keep your throat moist; do not let it dry up
Do not hold your thirst because once the membrane in your throat dries up, the virus invades within 10 minutes.
Adults should drink 50-80cc of warm water, while kids should take 30-50cc.
Avoid getting thirsty by keeping water handy.
Do not drink too much water at once, instead keep try and keep the throat moist by regular intake of water.
Between now till March, avoid crowded places.
Wear mask in train and when on public transport
Avoid loads of spicy food and vitamin c
The virus has spread through Asia and across the world, 17 persons as been reported killed in China, but the number has been on the increase, later the death toll was put at 41, with thousands infected. Australia and France reported cases of the infection, while the US, confirmed second case on its soil. The virus has reportedly spread to Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Saudi Arabia.
Experts have traced the source of the deathly flu-like illness to the Chinese Krait and Cobra snakes, the virus can spread before symptoms shows.
Chinese authorities have placed Wuhan, the birth place of the virus under lockdown to contain the outbreak, leaving millions under travel ban.
Death toll from Wuhan Coronavirus has jumped to 80, with over 2700 cases of infection, Says National Health Commissions, China, Sunday. All deaths are in Mainland China, with the virus already spread to 13 countries outside Mainland China, president XI warns of grave consequences.
Students of the department of Pharmaceutical chemistry of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) successfully created and tested a Coronavirus vaccine.
According to the students, the vaccine was tested on a patient in Ivory Coast, where a case of the virus was first reported in the country, and the patient is showing signs of recovery, the patient is expected to fully recover within 48hours. Two of the students claimed they were in China for an exchange program when the first case of the virus was reported; they then collected samples of the virus from China to their school laboratory. The 8-members medical has been sent to China to help the country tackle the disease.
A report on the Mirror, stated that the virus could be contacted through the eyes, according to the report, a top medic who contracted the deadly respiratory disease said it could be contacted through the eyes, the medics, Mr. Wang, contracted the infected because he did not have protective eye wear.