The novel coronavirus was first recognised in December 2019
COVID-19 is structurally related to a virus that causes SARS
COVID-19 can infect infants, children, adults and the elderly
In late 2019, the world felt the first shockwaves of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19. By January 2020, it was declared as a global health emergency by the WHO’s Emergency Committee and by March 2020, it was declared as a pandemic.
COVID-19 is a type of coronavirus, which is identified as SARS-CoV-2. Coronaviruses are a common kind of viral infection that affect the sinuses, upper throat and the nose. There are 7 types of such viruses, and some can cause severe disease.
Generally, it is transmitted through close contact with the infected, which is by being closer than 6 feet of sick persons. It is spread through droplets released when the infected person breathes, talks, sneezes, coughs or sings. These droplets when inhaled by healthy persons cause the infection. Besides person-to-person transmission, COVID-19 is spread through the air. This is known as airborne transmission and is when droplets or aerosols remain in the air for extended periods of time.
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Curbing the spread and staying healthy are two tasks you can achieve with this information.