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Brand New Disease

This is an actual photo of the COVID- 19 novel corona virus, an infectious disease caused by the virus strain severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

Worldwide spread of the disease began for the first time in 2019 and has developed into the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.

Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Muscle pain, sputum production and sore throat are some of the less common symptoms.

While the majority of cases result in mild symptoms, some progress to pneumonia and multi-organ failure.

The case fatality rate is estimated at between 1% and 5% but varies by age and other health conditions.

The infection is spread from one person to others via respiratory droplets produced from the airways, often during coughing.

Time from exposure to onset of symptoms is generally between two and 14 days, with an average of five days.

Recommended measures to prevent the disease include frequent hand washing, maintaining distance from other people, and not touching one’s face.

Covering the nose and mouth with a tissue or a bent elbow when coughing is also considered effective in preventing the spread of the disease.

The use of masks is recommended for those who suspect they have the virus and their caregivers, but mask use is not recommended for the general public.

There is no vaccine or specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19; management involves treatment of symptoms, supportive care, and experimental measures.

All information sourced via @wikipedia