What is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are viruses which cause respiratory symptoms ranging from the common cold to more serious illnesses such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). They are a family of viruses which are present both in humans and in animals. They are spread from one person to another through:

  1. Coughing and sneezing (via droplets)
  2. Hands which have become co​ntaminated with the virus after touching contaminated surfaces or
  3. Through direct contact with a person infected with the coronavirus (such as caring for a sick person)

 

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