Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

Asked by Paxton Brown in Infectious Diseases, Viruses (biological), COVID-19

How can we prevent coronavirus?

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According to the CDC, “the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.” Some steps you can take to limit your exposure to the virus: Regularly wash your hands for 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Pay attention to hand hygiene, especially when you’ve been in a public place and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose. Practice social distancing by increasing the space between you and other people. That means staying home as much as you can, especially if you feel sick. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces (like keyboards, doorknobs, and light switches) every day. Cover coughs and sneezes with the inside of your elbow or a tissue. Throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands. Wear a facemask only if you are sick or are caring for someone who’s sick and can’t wear a facemask. For more information on this ever-developing COVID-19 pandemic, consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s page dedicated to the virus, found here.
Asked by Susan Gutkowski in Viruses (biological), Health, COVID-19

What is the coronavirus?

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The coronaviruses are a family of viruses whose symptoms can range from the common cold to something more serious and potentially lethal. A novel coronavirus is currently spreading across the planet, affecting the daily lives of many. In January 2020, an outbreak of a new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) occurred in Wuhan, China. It causes a disease called COVID-19, whose symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. It can lead to death, particularly for the elderly and people with serious chronic medical conditions. There are currently no vaccines or antiviral treatments available. More than 150 countries and territories, including the United States, have confirmed cases of the infection since the initial outbreak, and on March 11, the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic. For more information on this ever-developing situation, consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s page dedicated to COVID-19, found here.
Asked by Royce Homenick in COVID-19, Viruses (biological)

How does coronavirus spread?

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The CDC and researchers worldwide still have a lot to learn about COVID-19 and how it spreads. According to current knowledge, though, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is mainly spread from person to person through respiratory droplets. That means droplets from an infected person’s coughs and sneezes land on other people’s noses or mouths, or they breathe them in, and that infects them, too. It’s also possible that the virus can spread through people touching contaminated objects and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes. For more information on this ever-developing situation, consult the CDC’s page dedicated to COVID-19, found here.
Asked by Esta McGlynn in Infectious Diseases, Viruses (biological), COVID-19

How do I get tested for coronavirus?

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If you’ve had contact with someone with COVID-19 or live in a community experiencing an outbreak and develop a fever and other symptoms of the disease, the CDC recommends you call your healthcare provider. Tell them about your symptoms and potential exposure to the virus, and they’ll make a call on whether you should be tested. More specific guidelines vary from state to state. NBC News has a handy guide here. It’s especially crucial that you call your medical provider if you’re elderly or have a serious chronic medical condition. Also, if you or a loved one are very sick (e.g., experiencing symptoms like difficulty breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure, confusion, or bluish lips or face), seek medical attention immediately.
Asked by Kendall Kris in Infectious Diseases, Viruses (biological), COVID-19

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

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According to the CDC, fever, cough, and shortness of breath are the main symptoms of COVID-19. Severity of the symptoms range from mild to life-threatening. The CDC recommends calling your doctor if you think you’ve been exposed to the virus and have these symptoms. You should get medical attention immediately if you have difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in your chest, bluish lips or face, or new confusion.
Asked by Bailee Hand in COVID-19

How is coronavirus different from the flu?

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While there are some similarities between the symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu (most notably fever and dry cough) one of the biggest differences is that we know significantly less about COVID-19. But here is what we do know: COVID-19 is more infectious than the flu. The “basic reproduction number,” or R0, of an infection is the average number of people who catch it from a single infected person. The flu has an R0 value of 1.3, while the R0 value of COVID-19 is estimated to be much higher. Right now, COVID-19 seems more likely to kill than the flu. While the exact fatality rate of COVID-19 is not yet known, it appears to be much deadlier than the flu. Influenza has a mortality rate of 0.1 percent, and current estimates of COVID-19’s fatality rate range from 1.4 percent to 3.4 percent. There is currently no vaccine or treatment for COVID-19. Unlike seasonal flu, there is no widely available vaccine to protect against COVID-19 infection. Similarly, there are no antivirals to help to reduce symptoms and shorten the duration of the disease. For more information on this ever-developing situation, consult the CDC’s page dedicated to COVID-19, found here.
Asked by Sabina Lindgren in COVID-19, Viruses (biological)

How many cases of Coronavirus in illinois?

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There are 93 cases of coronavirus 0 fatal and 2 recovered
Asked by Arvilla Kemmer in COVID-19, Viruses (biological)

Does azithromycin treat Coronavirus?

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NO! Azithromycin is an antibiotic to treat bacterial infections not viruses.
Asked by Joanne Skiles in COVID-19, Viruses (biological)

How many cases of Coronavirus in beijing?

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According to Bing's COVID-19 Tracker, as if March 27, 2020, there are 565 total cases of COVID-19, of those 154 are active/ongoing, 403 have recovered and 8 have died. If you ever want to know up to date information on the Coronavirus, go to the Bing website and type /covid at the end to check worldwide cases, regional cases, a chart of the growth of COVID-19, and news on it.
Asked by Wilton Blanda in COVID-19, Viruses (biological)

How does the US stop China’s Coronavirus?

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The US is currently doing everything to stop the spread of COVID-19. They have closed schools and public places, only keeping essential places open (e.x., supermarkets and pharmacies). They have told everyone to stay home, especially if you are sick. They have been saying to not touch your facial area with unwashed hands (eyes, nose and mouth, since COVID-19 can get through those areas and into your lungs), avoid contact with people who are sick, wash your hands regularly, clean regularly touched objects in your home, and cover your coughs and sneezes NOT WITH YOUR HANDS, but with your elbow.
Asked by Amie Smitham in COVID-19, Viruses (biological)

In what year did the Coronavirus start?

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We estimate somewhere around December 2019, because that is when it was discovered by a Chinese scientist.
Asked by Ladarius Brekke in COVID-19, Viruses (biological)

Does Russia have confirmed cases of the Coronavirus?

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Actually, yes. Although not many. As of March 25, 2020 (Today, also the day I'm writing this answer), Russia has 658 total cases of the Coronavirus, 2 deaths and 29 people who recovered from it. If you are reading this in the future, feel free to type "Russia COVID-19 cases" into any search engine and find the correct answer.
Asked by Velma Romaguera in COVID-19, Viruses (biological)

How many animals have the Coronavirus?

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No animals have this novel coronavirus. Sometimes, but extremely rarely, a pet CAN get influenza (flu) or similar sicknesses (a coronavirus) from humans. That has not happened yet. Hopefully that helped.(I am not an expert.)
Asked by India Tours in Travel & Places, COVID-19, Train Travel

How is the Coronavirus Affecting Travel Industry?

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COVID-19 is affecting the travel industry significantly. Airports qnd trains have shut down in China. Because of the panic over COVID-19, people are laying off travel, which is making for even less customers. Bus and train service in the city near Wuhan of Huanggang, as well as rail service in Ezhou, just south of Huanggang, were also shut down. All of the honeymoons a travel agency had booked to the region of China have been canceled and rebooked for different places.