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    ET Explains: Everything you need to know about coronavirus

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    The deadly outbreak has claimed lives of over 169,000 people and infected nearly 2,500,000 globally. The WHO has declared it a pandemic.

    The coronavirus (CoV) is a large family of viruses that causes illnesses ranging from the common cold to acute respiratory syndromes, but the virus that has killed four people in China is a novel strain not seen before.
    Coronavirus

    COVID-19 CASES

    Confirmed
    2,268,675
    Deaths
    45,257
    The Health Ministry has confirmed 18,985 cases of Covid-19 in India and 603 deaths so far. The disease has already claimed over 169,000 lives globally and infected close to 2,500,000 worldwide. The WHO has declared coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic.

    1. What is coronavirus?
      The coronavirus is a family of viruses that can cause a range of illnesses in humans including common cold and more severe forms like SARS and MERS which are life-threatening. The virus is named after its shape which takes the form of a crown with protrusions around it and hence is known as coronavirus.
    2. How did the recent outbreak occur?
      The recent outbreak of coronavirus is believed to have occurred in a market for illegal wildlife in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. Chinese health authorities and the WHO are investigating the outbreak of the recent coronavirus.
    3. Is the recent strain fatal?
      Since it's a new strain, there is no specific vaccine that can treat it. However, according to the WHO, "many of the symptoms can be treated & therefore treatment based on the patient’s clinical condition". However, it has already killed over 169,000 globally.
    4. What steps have been taken so far to check its spread?
      The Chinese govt initially locked down Wuhan - the epicenter of the virus outbreak. However it was too late. The virus has spread to all continents now, except Antarctica.
    5. How is India responding to the outbreak?
      India has expanded screening of international travellers. Few Indian travellers who were found with the coronavirus strain have been isolated and treated before their release.
    6. How has it affected the economy?
      Worries are mounting that prolonged quarantines, supply chain disruptions and a sharp reduction in tourism and business travel could weaken the global economy or even cause a recession.

    Coronavirus explained: Here's all you need to know about the deadly virus

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    What is Coronavirus?

    The coronavirus (CoV) is a large family of viruses that causes illnesses ranging from the common cold to acute respiratory syndromes, but the virus that has killed four people in China is a novel strain not seen before.


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    Anushka Singh23 days ago
    Corona Virus are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe disease such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome .
    gorav kumar124 days ago
    Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus. The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and avoiding close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell.For more information, visit to blog https://generation9545.blogspot.com/
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