What is the strain of coronavirus known as Covid-19 and what are the symptoms? | ITV News

Covid-19 is a strain of coronavirus which causes respiratory issues and can be fatal.

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses causing 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).

The illness originated in Wuhan, China, where most of those infected have been, but it has infected tens of thousands of people worldwide and killed more than 2,900.

The World Heath Organisation (WHO) has said the virus has the potential to cause a pandemic.

A pandemic, according the the WHO, is the worldwide spread of a new disease, as opposed to an epidemic, which is a disease contained within one country.

“The past few weeks has demonstrated just how quickly a new virus can spread around the world and cause widespread fear and disruption,” WHO’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

“(But) for the moment we’re not witnessing the uncontained global spread of this virus.”

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In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

Latest News about Covid-19

Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

5 Recent Items: COVID-19

  • UK bans travelers from South America, Portugal and Cape Verde over new COVID-19 variant
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  • Coronavirus: Saskatchewan considers new measures to curb COVID-19 swell
  • Coronavirus: What’s driving the COVID-19 surge in Windsor, Ontario?
  • Coronavirus: Canada projected to surge to 10,000 daily new COVID-19 cases by February
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