Coronavirus: New, Deadly SARS-Like Virus Spreads

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It's always best to cover your coughs and sneezes no matter what. Photo by: Office for Emergency Management.

It’s always best to cover your coughs and sneezes no matter what. Photo by: Office for Emergency Management.

SARS-Like Virus: Transmission, Treatment, and Prevention

Experts are unsure of how this new virus is spread. and even if it can be spread from human to human. According to the WHO, some the cases that have been reported have been within the same families. This poses the possibility of human to human transmission, but could also mean that they were exposed to the virus by the same source.

Currently there is no treatment or vaccine available. Patients are being treated based on their symptoms and many of them are being treated in the Intensive Care Unit. One man has been in the hospital for months, reports the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.

Knowing how this new virus is spread will unlock the key on how to prevent it. In the meantime, the WHO recommends that you take the same precautions as you would with any respiratory illnesses. This includes avoiding close contact if possible with anyone who exhibits respiratory symptoms and to frequently and thoroughly wash your hands.

New Coronavirus Challenging Experts

This new virus has experts working to find answers so that they can find the source of the virus and it’s method of transmission. When these two pieces of the puzzle are put together, then the medical establishment can work to better treat and prevent this virus, which has such a high fatality rate.

Resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About Coronavirus. (2013). Accessed February 13, 2013.

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. Novel Coronavirus case in UK raises global total to 10. (2013). Accessed February 13, 2013.

World Health Organization. Coronavirus. (2013). Accessed February 13, 2013.

World Health Organization. Frequently Asked Questions on novel coronavirus – update. (2013). Accessed February 13, 2013.

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