WHAT IS COVID-19?
The novel Coronavirus (previously known as 2019-nCoV) is a new strain of Coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019.
Believed to originally have been transmitted from animals to people in a live animal market (known as a “wet market”), the virus has now become transmissible from person to person. Like other Coronaviruses, COVID-19 is likely to spread through coughing or sneezing, close personal contact such as shaking hands, and touching one’s mouth, nose, or eyes after touching contaminated objects.
Symptoms range from mild cold-like symptoms to severe pneumonia requiring hospitalisation and sometimes results in death, although most healthy people fully recover. Those most susceptible to becoming severely ill include older adults and people with pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease.