Corona Virus (CoV) are a large family of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from a common cold to more
severe respiratory illnesses.
Corona Virus are zoonotic diseases which means they are a bacteria or parasite that can spread from animals to humans. There are several known coronaviruses that are circulating in animals but have not yet infected humans. The latest strand of coronavirus to have been discovered in humans is COVID-19. This strand was first discovered in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 but has since spread worldwide.
COVID-19 has an incubation period of up to fourteen days, meaning symptoms of illness may appear between two
to fourteen days after exposure to the virus. Humans infected with COVID-19 may experience symptoms such as a
fever, a dry cough, shortness of breath, tiredness, aches and pains, sore throat, runny nose or diarrhoea.
Symptoms are often mild to begin with and some people may not develop any symptoms at all nor feel unwell.
There is not currently a known treatment for COVID-19. Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections and as
COVID-19 is caused by a virus, antibiotics do not work and should not be taken as a treatment.
Medication can only be taken to try to alleviate the symptoms of COVID-19 and make you feel less ill whilst your body fights the illness.
It is recommended that if you display any symptoms of COVID19 or believe you have been in contact with anyone who is displaying symptoms then you should self-isolate yourself at home for at least fourteen days and seek medical advice.
People with serious illness or other underlying health problems should be hospitalised.
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