The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
COVID-19 is a new type of coronavirus, a new family of viruses, which surfaced in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.
Symptoms of COVID-19
People may be out cold the weather furthermore the virus for 1 to 14 days in the before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19) are fever, tiredness, and teetotal cough. Most people (about 80%) recover from the illness without needing special treatment.
More rarely, the illness can be frightful and even fatal. Older people, and people as well as subsidiary medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart illness), may be more vulnerable to becoming deeply ill.
People may experience:
- difficulty breathing (severe cases)
There’s currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
You can protect yourself and help prevent spreading the virus to others if you:
- Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
- Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze
- Avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell
- Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell
- Touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean
There is no specific medicine to prevent or treat coronavirus disease (COVID-19). People may need supportive care to help them breathe.
If you have mild symptoms, stay at home until you’ve recovered. You can relieve your symptoms if you:
- rest and sleep
- keep warm
- drink plenty of liquids
- use a room humidifier or take a hot shower to help ease a sore throat and cough
Age of Coronavirus Deaths
Fatality Rate by AGE:
*Death Rate = (number of deaths / number of cases) = probability of dying if infected by the virus (%). This probability differs depending on the age group. The percentages shown below do not have to add up to 100%, as they do NOT represent share of deaths by age group.
|80+ years old||21.9%||14.8%|
|70-79 years old||8.0%|
|60-69 years old||3.6%|
|50-59 years old||1.3%|
|40-49 years old||0.4%|
|30-39 years old||0.2%|
|20-29 years old||0.2%|
|10-19 years old||0.2%|
|0-9 years old||no fatalities|
Fatality Rate by SEX:
*Death Rate = (number of deaths / number of cases) = probability of dying if infected by the virus (%). This probability differs depending on sex. When reading these numbers, it must be taken into account that smoking in China is much more prevalent among males. Smoking increases the risks of respiratory complications.
Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)
WHO is continuously monitoring and responding to this outbreak. This Q&A will be updated as more is known about COVID-19, how it spreads and how it is affecting people worldwide. For more information, check back regularly on WHO’s coronavirus pages. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
- What is COVID-19?
- What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- How does COVID-19 spread?
- What can I do to protect myself and prevent the spread of disease?
- How likely am I to catch COVID-19?
- Should I worry about COVID-19?
- Who is at risk of developing severe illness?
- Are antibiotics effective in preventing or treating the COVID-19?
- Are there any medicines or therapies that can prevent or cure COVID-19?
- Is there a vaccine, drug or treatment for COVID-19?
- Is COVID-19 the same as SARS?
- Should I wear a mask to protect myself?
- How to put on, use, take off and dispose of a mask?
- How long is the incubation period for COVID-19?
- Can humans become infected with the COVID-19 from an animal source?
- Can I catch COVID-19 from my pet?
- How long does the virus survive on surfaces?
- Is it safe to receive a package from any area where COVID-19 has been reported?
- Is the source of the coronavirus causing COVID-19 known?
- How did the first human SARS-CoV-2 infections occur?
- Is COVID-19 airborne?