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Wuhan 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

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Published: Wednesday, 29th January 2020 (4 weeks ago) - Updated: Friday, 31st January 2020 (4 weeks ago) .

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Information regarding new novel coronavirus, referred to as 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), reported as causing outbreak of respiratory illnesses in Wuhan, China in late 2019 and early 2020.

Current symptoms reported for patients with 2019-nCoV have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

The U.S. CDC believes at this time that symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure.

Main Digest

What is a Novel Coronavirus?

A novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS and SARS. At this time, it's unclear how easily or sustainably the 2019-nCoV virus is spreading between people.

2019 World Coronavirus: Updates - Warnings - Statistics

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a coronavirus virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring.

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus is not the same as the coronavirus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) or the coronavirus that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). However, genetic analyses suggest this virus may have emerged from a virus related to SARS.

Coronavirus as seen under an electron microscope showing the Coronaviruses unique halo, or crown-like (corona) appearance.
Coronavirus as seen under an electron microscope showing the Coronaviruses unique halo, or crown-like (corona) appearance.

2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Symptoms

Current symptoms reported for patients with 2019-nCoV have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Reported illnesses have ranged from people being mildly sick to people being severely ill and dying. As it is early in the outbreak stage of this new disease, the current mortality rate approximation - of about 3% - may go up or down.

The U.S. CDC believes at this time that symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure. Symptoms can include:

Prevention and Recommendations

Treatment for 2019-nCoV

There is currently no vaccine or specific antiviral treatment to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. People infected should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms.

Health care providers should obtain a detailed travel history for patients being evaluated with fever and acute respiratory illness. CDC guidance for evaluating and reporting a PUI for MERS-CoV remains unchanged. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.

People who think they may have been exposed to 2019-nCoV should contact your healthcare provider immediately! Before your medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, 2019-nCoV infection. This will help the healthcare provider's office take steps to keep other people from getting infected. Get medical care quickly if your illness is getting worse, for example if you are having trouble breathing.

For further information and 2019-nCoV updates visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

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