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Answers to all your questions on the Covid-19 outbreak that is spreading across the world

Is there a cure for the coronavirus?


There is no specific treatment, although doctors are trialling existing drugs for viruses such as Ebola and HIV. Early results seem promising, but until full clinical trials have been concluded doctors cannot be certain that the drugs are effective.

How is coronavirus spread?

Like cold and flu bugs, the virus is spread via droplets when a person coughs or sneezes. The droplets land on surfaces and are picked up on the hands of others and spread further. People catch the virus when they touch their infected hands to their mouth, nose or eyes.

 What is coronavirus, how did it start and could the outbreak grow bigger?

Covid-19 image under the microscope

March 2.– China’s new coronavirus (Covid-19) is spreading fast. More than 89,000 people are known to be infected and more than 3,000 deaths have been recorded.

The bulk of cases and fatalities have been confined to China but the virus is spreading internationally.

What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause disease in animals. Seven, including the new virus, have made the jump to humans, but most just cause cold-like symptoms.

Two other coronaviruses – Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) – are much more severe, having killed more than 1,500 people between them since 2002.

The new virus, now officially called Covid-19, is also dangerous. So far around 20 per cent of confirmed cases have been classed as severe or critical ...

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