The first reports of this virus outbreak were reported in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The deadly virus has to-date claimed over 200 lives and infected over 9700 people, but the numbers are increasing rapidly.
- Stuffy nose
- Shortness of breath
- Sore Throat
According to the World Health Organization, this virus has an incubation period of between 2 – 14 days, which means that symptoms could only appear after 2 weeks.
The coronavirus is part of a family of viruses which commonly occur in animals such as bats, cats, cattle and camels. The virus is very rarely transmitted to human beings. It is believed that many of the infected had links to a large animal and seafood market in Wuhan, China. Since then, person-to-person infection has been established.
South Africa is on high alert to ensure that the virus does not reach our shores. Here is the latest update from the South African Health Ministry: