Having transferred from animals (possibly bats) in November 2019, it only took a few months before almost the entire world was in lock-down, or at the very least having restrictions placed on their day to activities.
The club is tracking UK deaths along with a history of government advice and key points in its history - view the Coronavirus UK Deaths Tracker.
What is coronavirus?
COVID-19 is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
Symptoms to be vigilant for are fever, cough, and shortness of breath
Most people who are infected will only suffer mild symptoms - or even none, known as asymptomatic.
However, high-risk groups may suffer severe pneumonia and multi-organ failure. Mortality rate increases rapidly with age, with over-70s particularly at risk.
How can you catch coronavirus?
The main transmission route for the virus is via respiratory droplets - that is, the mist produced when coughing. It can also survive for several days on surfaces (such as door handles) so it also also possible to contract the disease by touching contaminated surfaces.
How can you reduce your risk?
Currently there are no prophylactic drugs available, so these simple steps are your best advice:
- wash your hands frequently - particularly have touched public surfaces
- don't touch your face as it's easier for the virus to get penetrate your defences through the eyes, nose and mouth
- physical distancing - keep 2 metres away from other people
More importantly, to prevent it's spread you should follow government advice on social distancing and isolating yourself and household if you show any of the symptoms:
- new, continues cough
- high temperature
Find out more on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
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