Novel coronavirus fast facts

Aileen Cerrudo

To warn against the spread of fake news on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III urged the public to only source information from official DOH websites and accounts.

Based on the new DOH website and the World Health Organization (WHO), here are several fast facts about the 2019-nCoV.

What is a novel coronavirus?

According to the WHO, a novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.

The official name of the virus is 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD).

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses causing a range of illnesses, from the common cold to more serious infections.

Some of the serious infections include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-related Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-related Coronavirus (SARS-CoV).

Where did the 2019-nCoV originate?

The first reported case was in Wuhan, China last December 31, 2019.

How is the 2019-nCoV transmitted?

The WHO has confirmed human-to-human transmission, although health experts say they are accelerating their research to fully determine the intensity of human-to-human transmission, full clinical features, and the original source of the outbreak.

Is there a treatment or vaccine for the 2019-nCoV?

There is no specific treatment or vaccine yet for the 2019-nCoV.  However, the DOH said many of the symptoms can be treated based on the patient’s clinical conditions.

Supportive care for infected persons can also be highly effective.

What can I do to protect myself?

Practice good hygiene and boost your immune system.

  • Wash hands and disinfect regularly
  • Wear face mask especially in crowded areas
  • Boost your immune system
  • Maintain cleanliness at home and in the workplace
  • Seek medical help for any flu-like symptoms
  • Pray for God’s guidance

HOW TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

  • Stay hydrated
  • Eat foods rich in vitamin C
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get enough quality sleep

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