Coronavirus is the first major health crisis of 2020. The World health organization (WHO) has declared a global health emergency over the virus.

Wuhan a city in China is considered the epicenter of the global pandemic which has killed 213 people in China and more than 9000 cases have been declared worldwide.

Most of the cases are from Wuhan and the adjoining Hubei Province. India reported its first confirmed case of the present strain of coronavirus.

Coronavirus Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus that affects the respiratory tract. Coronavirus is zoonotic – the virus can transmit between man and animal.

Most strains of Coronavirus are not serious. Some strains are more serious and can be potentially fatal – Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (MERS) in 2012 and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

The coronavirus antibodies do not last in the body for a long time and you are likely to catch it again. There are many strains of the coronavirus and antibodies are strain-specific.

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Symptoms of coronavirus mimic flu or cold-like symptoms. Symptoms or signs may differ from person to person and the strain of coronavirus. Symptoms include: –

Runny nose
Sore throat
Shortness of breath
In more severe cases the lower respiratory tract gets infected resulting in pneumonia.

The elderly, people with heart disease or people with a compromised immune system are more vulnerable. According to global experts’ symptoms can occur anywhere between 2 to 14 days after exposure.


The virus spreads from person to person close contact. It spreads when an infected person coughs, sneezes. Touching or shaking hands with an infected person can spread the virus. Touching contaminated surfaces may spread the disease.

The virus can also be transmitted between humans and animals.

Coronavirus is common in different animals such as camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Transmission between animals and humans is rare and has previously been reported with MERS, SARS, and presently with 2019-nCoV.

Most viruses spread when a person is symptomatic or when they are sickest. With 2019-nCov there have been reports of the virus being spread when an infected person is asymptomatic.


The hospital will order a laboratory test on your respiratory specimen and serum (part of the blood).

If you are experiencing symptoms and have recently traveled to China or meet someone who has come from the country, please report it to the doctor.


Coronavirus is a viral infection and there is no specific treatment. Doctors try to provide relief with the symptoms you are experiencing.

The best general physician in Hyderabad may recommend

Drinking plenty of water
Use humidifier or steam to alleviate symptoms
Paracetamol or painkillers for fever and pain relief.

The World Health Organization has declared the recent coronavirus as a global emergency.

It has recommended the general public decrease exposure and transmission by following hygiene and safe food practices: –

Washing hands frequently with soap or water or sanitizer.
While coughing or sneezing use a tissue and dispose of the tissue immediately.
Avoid people with cough or cold
If you have the symptoms visit the doctor near me immediately and inform them about your recent travel history if any.
Avoid going out when sick.
If you visit a live animal market avoid direct contact with the live animal or touch surfaces in contact with the animal.
Avoid consuming undercooked or raw animal products including milk should be avoided. Meat and other animal products should be handled with care to prevent cross-contamination.

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