Five important things to know about the Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Here are five important things you should know about the Coronavirus.

The Coronavirus was first noticed in China in December 2019 and has spread to more than 100 countries. The World Health Organisation has labelled Coronavirus a Pandemic because of its global spread.

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).

At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments.

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is by practising social distancing. You can protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face. Here are other ways to protect yourself.

China, Italy and USA are most affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic. This three countries have recorded over two hundred thousand cases and more than fifty thousand deaths.

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