Coronavirus: What Is It and How To Protect Yourself

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This new coronavirus is all over the news. Just recently, the virus has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread outside China.

“The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The concern is that it could spread to countries with weaker health systems.

So, the US has told everyone not to travel to China.

The state department issued a level four warning – having previously urged Americans to “reconsider” travel to China – and said any citizens in China “should consider departing using commercial means”.

China has said it will send charter plans to bring back Hubei province residents who are overseas “as soon as possible”.

A foreign ministry spokesman said this was because of the “practical difficulties” Chinese citizens have faced abroad. Hubei is where the virus emerged.

At least 213 people in the China have died from the virus, mostly in Hubei, with almost 10,000 cases nationally.

But a lot of people don’t know what it really is. As a matter of fact, a recent poll said that many Americans think its a disease tied to the beer, Corona. Wrong answer.

From CNN’s senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen, here are few of the most asks questions about the coronavirus:

– Is there a cure for the virus? There is currently no cure, and researchers are still trying to learn more about the virus. But researchers have successfully grown the virus in a lab, an important step towards developing a vaccine.

– What is the coronavirus really? Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found…