Admit it, you Googled “coronavirus” this week. Or maybe you even Googled “corona beer virus,” because according to Vice News, some people are actually thinking the virus is somehow connected to the popular beer.
Since we’re all wondering about the coronavirus, here’s some answers to five of the top questions on Coronavirus, according to Google Trends. And by the way, no, there is no connection to the beer.
What is coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are actually a family of viruses that have crown-shaped spikes. These viruses include SARS and virus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. The CDC refers to this virus as the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) because it’s a new virus of this group.
According to the CDC, 2019-nCoV symptoms includes upper respiratory symptoms like cough and shortness of breath, as well as fever.
Is coronavirus deadly?
“The complete clinical picture with regard to 2019-nCoV is still not fully clear. Reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying,” according to the CDC’s website.
The CDC says that this virus is a serious threat to public health because it continues to spread between people and has caused severe sickness .
How to prevent coronavirus?
The CDC recommends similar precautions to those you would use for other respiratory illnesses. From the CDC:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
How does coronavirus spread?
Researchers are still trying to understand this virus. As of right now, it seems to spread from person-to-person, but they don’t know how quickly or how easily.
Where does coronavirus come from?
The illness appears to have originated from Wuhan, China. It is believed the virus originated from an animal.
All of the information regarding the virus was found on the Centers for Disease Control website for the outbreak. For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html.