Coronavirus in a nutshell

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What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus is basically a new disease which affects humans. Before, it affected mammals, but now it has crossed over to us humans. The pathogen for this disease affects the respiratory system of the human body. The part of the body which is in charge of taking in oxygen, and giving out carbon dioxide. The process which provides cells with the energy they need to function.

How did Coronavirus start?

It's believed that the virus started out from an illegal seafood market in Wuhan, China. The market sold wild animals like birds, bats, and snakes. So it's thought that the first group of people to catch Coronavirus are workers at that market.

How is Coronavirus spread?

The thing is that we don't know much about how the Coronavirus is actually spread.  But we do know that they spread from one person to another via respiratory droplets, the liquid from your respiratory system which come out when you sneeze or cough. It is similar to how influenza spreads. The respiratory droplets of an infected person have the Coronavirus pathogen. Once they enter the lungs of a person, the person is now infected.

What happens if a person gets the Coronavirus?

Once an uninfected person gets the Coronavirus, he/she can start to show the effects in 2-14 days. The illness ranges from people who show little or no effect, to people who become extremely ill and end up dying.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

So that's Coronavirus in a nutshell!

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