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Medical staff transfer patients to Jin Yintan hospital in Wuhan China. Getty Images

But what exactly is a coronavirus-this one in particular-and how anxious should you be about it? Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some of which cause the common cold.

Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the coronavirus was first detected, announced a series of new measures Tuesday, including the cancellation of upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations, expected to attract hundreds of thousands of people.

When was the new virus discovered?

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Cathay told the South China Morning Post, which first reported on the issue, that as required by the Hong Kong health authorities, it was distributing health declaration forms and will be making face masks and antiseptic wipes available at the boarding gate to passengers travelling from Wuhan to Hong Kong. The infections it causes appear to range from mild to severe, with symptoms including fever and respiratory problems. Serious infections can lead to pneumonia, kidney failure, and death. More than 800 people died.

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As it stands, almost 548 cases of the new coronavirus have been reported in China, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States, with the overwhelming majority in China.

As with any illness, the CDC recommends standard practices to prevent the virus from spreading, which includes regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs.

Another important piece of information: Per the CDC, numerous patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China have reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. It's advised that potential and confirmed patients be given their own room and asked to wear a surgical mask in order to limit the prospects of airborne spread.

Patients have been identified as having the virus in Hubei province, where Wuhan is located (270 cases), Beijing (10 cases); Guangdong province (14 cases); Shanghai (six cases); Zhejiang (five cases); and Tianjin (two cases).

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Le Japon a également affrété trois avions jusqu'à présent pour rapatrier 565 de ses ressortissants de Wuhan, capitale du Hubei. Plusieurs pays ont décrété des restrictions de voyages et des compagnies aériennes ont suspendu les vols de et vers la Chine.


Zhong Nanshan, a renowned scientist at the National Health Commission, announced that there is a possibility that patients may contract the virus even without visiting the city. Representatives of the WHO, as well as health officials from Hong Kong and Taiwan, have been invited to Wuhan to observe the virus more closely. The Wuhan virus can spread person to person, but not almost as easily as viruses such as measles or influenza. "The patient sought care at a medical facility in the state of Washington, where the patient was treated for the illness".

"I feel fearful, because there's no cure for the virus", said Fu Ning, a 36-year-old woman in Beijing.

The World Health Organization on Wednesday delayed a decision on whether to declare a global health emergency - a rare instrument used only for the worst outbreaks.

What measurements are now in place to curb the spread? However, initial investigations point to the sale of live animals at the seafood market in Wuhan.

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At the time of publishing this article, there are no known cases of the novel coronavirus on the African continent.

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