Everything You Need To Know About Coronavirus: What It Is, & How You Can Prevent It

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). These viruses are transmitted between animals and people. SARS, for instance, was believed to have been transmitted from civet cats to humans while MERS travelled from a type of camel to humans.

The Indian embassy in China, which cancelled their Republic Day 2020 celebrations owing to  the virus, sent out this advisory through social media regarding travellers from China to India.

The virus is spreading seemingly through human touch and contact as well, if someone is already infected. WHO has also prescribed the following precautionary practices to reduce the risk of getting infected with coronavirus.

As of right now, if reports are to be believed two people returning to Mumbai have been kept under observation for supposed infection.

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