There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 (Photo Credit: Reuters)
The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus diesease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic has wreaked havoc globally with over 3,000 deaths and more than 88,000 people infected so far. The deadly virus that first emerged in China in December last year has spread to more than 70 countries. With the situation rapidly evolving, United States' Centre For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is helping people stay informed and safe with updated information about the outbreak. According to CDC, the novel coronavirus behind this outbreak has been named "SARS-CoV-2" and the disease it causes has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
According to CDC, there is not much known about how the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spreads. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. You can get infected if you are in close conact (within about 6 feet) of an infected person. You can also get infected from getting in contact with respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs, says CDC. According to information given on CDC website, it is possible to get coronavirus infection by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
According to CDC, the symptoms for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may appear from 2 to 14 days after exposure. One shoould remeber that not everyone who gets infected suffers the effects. The reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed novel coronavirus cases. According to CDC, symptoms for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) include: Fever, cough and shortness of breath.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. According to United States' Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these are the best ways to avoid being exposed and prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
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According to CDC, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People who are infected with novel coronavirus are given supportive care to help relieve thir symptoms. Treatment should include care to support vital organ functions for severe cases.