Information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus
This is the name of the new virus that has been traced to a place called Wuhan in China. The biological name of the virus is 2019-nCoV.
A Coronavirus is from the same family of viruses as SARS and the common cold. This article provides some sources of information that readers can access to educate themselves and answer some questions they may have.
The References below are helpful and they have been carefully selected to provide authoritative and useful information:
Reference 1: Q and A from the World Health Organization - This article provides some answers to common questions on 2019-nCoV and is a good place to start.
Reference 2: Video interview Q and A along with authoritative articles in the respected medical publication Journal of the American Medical Association. This Q and A video provides important information in addition to that from the World Health Organization in Reference 1.
Reference 3: This article from the respected medical journal The Lancet describes some of the most common symptoms when infected with this virus. The most common symptoms were fever, cough, fatigue/body ache and shortness of breath. These usually are followed by pneumonia. Less common symptoms were sputum production, headache, and diarrhea.
Reference 4: The World Health Organization also recommends several measures to prevent the spread of this infection. It is important to follow these preventive measures.
Reference 5: The following article from the World Health Organization gives detailed descriptions of safety measures in various settings such as travel, shopping and at home.
Reference 6: This provides a set of articles from reputed journals and the National Institutes of Health that discuss various advances and current research on treatment options for 2019-nCoV infections. Some of the medications are being tested.
Reference 7: The latest information across the world on 2019-nCoV is updated daily and presented in this source. There are several articles here some of which are easy to read and some of which are technical.
Reference 8: This reference provides guidelines for healthcare providers when they see a patient suspected of 2019-nCoV infection. The guidelines are given by the Centers for Disease Control in the U.S.A.
Reference 9: The set of articles in this reference are useful for healthcare providers and updates the provider with current information
The most important steps one can take are steps to prevent the infection in oneself by following recommendations in the references above AND by assiduously taking steps to prevent the spread of the virus.