Saturday، 07 March 2020 - 03:12 PM
SARS-CoV-2 is a new strain of virus in the coronavirus family that has not been previously identified. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
The outbreak started in China in late 2019 and by March 2020 the disease has spread to countries around the world.
The names for the virus and the disease it causes have been announced by the World Health Organization and the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses.
The disease is called coronavirus disease. It is abbreviated as COVID-19.
These cases were soon determined to be caused by a novel coronavirus that was later named SARS-CoV-2.
Since then COVID-19 has spread to many more countries – cases have been reported in all world regions.
Symptoms and disease progression of COVID-19
The symptoms of the disease develop and change over time. It seems to be common that symptoms start with a fever, followed by a dry cough.
After several days some patients experience shortness of breath. In severe and critical cases it can lead to severe pneumonia, respiratory failure, septic shock, multiple organ dysfunction and failure.
The incubation period, or the time between when people are infected and start showing symptoms, appears to be 2-14 days.
Because COVID-19 symptoms are similar to other illnesses like influenza, having these symptoms does not mean you have COVID-19.
How does novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spread and how can I catch it?
How can I stop myself from getting it?