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What you need to know about coronavirus

The coronavirus, it’s all over the news. But what exactly is it? The Good Life reports on Covid-19 (ex: 2019-nCov).

In December 2019, an epidemic of viral-looking pneumonia appeared in the city of Wuhan in China. On January 7, 2020, Covid-19, a new coronavirus was discovered and a link was established between the virus and the cases of pneumonia recorded.

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are viruses that have long been known to humans and animals. They mostly cause mild illnesses such as colds. However, some coronaviruses cause more serious illnesses such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) or the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) which appeared in 2012 in Saudi Arabia.

The current virus is called Covid-19. It is a new coronavirus that was discovered on 7 January, after several cases of viral pneumonia appeared in China in the city of Wuhan. The first people to be affected by Covid-19 were at the Wuhan market, where live animals were being sold. The zoonosis trail (a disease that is transmitted from animals to humans) is, therefore, the preferred route for defining the origin of the virus, although it has not yet been confirmed.