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A cluster of viruses

 or COV refers to a large family of viruses that can cause numerous diseases ranging from common cold to acute respiratory syndromes. 

A new strain type that belongs to the same family has caused an outbreak in multiple countries & has been identified for causing the illness in the respiratory system

This new type is known as Novel Coronavirus with Novel referring to “New”

It’s also known as COVID-19 that simply means Coronavirus Disease that emerged in December 2019 

The virus can affect anyone, anytime, hence, a definitive answer cannot be given regarding which individuals are at more risk and who are not. 
Even though, Everyone is advised to comply with all possible precautions, the individuals mentioned below should be extra cautious as they are more susceptible to coronavirus infection 
  • People who are 70 or above in age
  • People suffering from long-term conditions - Like arthritis, asthma, diabetic patients
  • Pregnant women
  • People with weak immunity or immune system 


Fact #1 It’s symptoms usually appear anytime between 2 to 11 days after getting infected 

Fact #2 It’s transmission in most likely in case of close contact (6 Feet or less) with the infected person 

Fact #3 The virus can last for up to 48 Hours on objects with close contact with an infected person 

Fact #4 No vaccinations are available for the new coronavirus as on date. Many scientists are working but it can take several months to develop one. 

Fact #5 Use of face masks is more essential for people who are already infected with coronavirus and not much for the unaffected individuals 
(NOTE: It’s always good & advised to wear masks as a precautionary measure in such outbreaks, irrespective of whether you’re healthy or sick) 

Fact #6 People who have completed quarantine and has been released from isolation are free from risk to other people 

Fact #7 It is an acute infection with common cold symptoms. So if you’re noticing common cold symptoms and are having rapid or labour breathing, the odds of corona positive are high 

Fact #8 The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.


The probation period to reflect symptoms of Novel coronavirus is between 2 to 11 days and are very much equivalent to the common cold. Hence, differentiating between the two can be difficult and can be extremely acute, if not treated on time. 

Here are some visible symptoms that the person may show up, once infected: 
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Sore Throat
  • Shortness Of Breath Or Difficulty In Breathing
  • Consistent Pain In The Chest
  • Bluish Lips & Face 
If left untreated for long, it can result in:
  • Pneomonia
  • Severe Respiratory Syndrome
  • Kidney Failure
  • and even Death

  • Wash your hands at least for 20 seconds especially after returning from Public places or after coughing, sneezing etc.
  • If water & soap is not readily available, use a hand sanitizer and rub it on your hands until it feels dry.
  • Avoid touching your Face, Eyes, Nose with unwashed hands especially after close contact with suspected infected person or surface
  • Avoid crowds or extremely populated areas as the symptoms don't show immediately and you don’t know who might be sick
  • Avoid close contact with any visibly coughing, sneezing, sick person
Novel Coronavirus has caused an outbreak in multiple countries and the positive cases are soaring day by day. Try following the steps mentioned in this article and keep you and your loved ones safe. 


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