New Coronavirus 2019 - nCoV: As of December 31, 2019, there were several cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, most of which reported exposure to a large seafood market where many species of live animals were sold.  Preliminary data indicate that 2019 -nCoV has homology to some amino acids with SARS-CoV and may use as an ACE2 receptor.  This has a value, as it can predict the possibility of spread and pandemics.





What are the symptoms of a person infected with coronavirus? 

Symptoms depend on the virus, but common signs include respiratory symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.

What should I do to protect myself? 

Standard recommendations to reduce exposure and transmission of a variety of diseases include: maintaining hand and respiratory hygiene, food hygiene practices, and when possible avoiding close contact with any person who exhibits respiratory illness symptoms, such as cough or sneeze.

 WHO Recommendations:

 1. Based on the possibility of human-to-human transmission there is a risk of serious impact on public health.

 2. This virus has not been previously identified in humans and the first investigations in China have not yet determined the source of the epidemic outbreak;  so we are dealing with an unusual and unexpected situation.

 3. The number of confirmed cases continues to increase in China, as similar cases have been reported elsewhere, and as it is the Chinese New Year, the risk of importation outside this territory is high.  Many countries have put in place measures at airports when they have direct links to China, such as electronic temperature ratings or interviews with travelers coming from China.  So we have a risk of international spread (even from imported cases).

 4. With regard to interference with international travel and trade, the WHO does not recommend any travel and / or trade restrictions based on the information it currently possesses.

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