As per WHO, Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
New Delhi: Nearly all suspected cases of novel coronavirus from Agra and the National Capital Region can be traced back to a confirmed case from the capital.
The patient arrived from Vienna on February 25 and undertook a trip to Agra shortly after. He met six family members, all of whom have now been quarantined at the Safdurjung Hospital in Delhi.
The health ministry on Tuesday said these six cases depicted a “high viral load” during sample testing in Agra. The samples have nonow been sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune for further examination.
It is learnt that the patient, a resident of Mayur Vihar, attended a birthday party along with his child at Hotel Hyatt Regency. two schools in Noida — where children who were present at the party study — have decided to shut down for three days as a precautionary measure. School premises and buses have been fumigated and sanitised, said a school representative.