Coronavirus has spread to more than 145 countries or territories and claimed more than 6,400 lives.
HOW TO STAY SAFE
The best thing is regular and thorough hand washing, preferably with soap and water since Coronavirus spreads when an infected person coughs small droplets – packed with the virus – into the air. These can be breathed in, or cause an infection if you touch a surface they have landed on then you touch face, accidently transmitting the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. Thus, coughing and sneezing into tissues, not touching your face with unwashed hands, washing your hands often and avoiding close contact with infected people are important for limiting the spread.
- wash hands frequently with soap and water or use a sanitiser gel
- catch coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues
- throw away used tissues
- avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- avoid close contact with people who are unwell
What are the coronavirus symptoms?
Coronavirus infects the lungs. The symptoms start with a fever followed by a dry cough, which can lead to breathing problems.
It takes five days on average to start showing the symptoms, scientists have said, but some people will get symptoms much later than this.
The incubation period lasts up to 14 days, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. But some researchers say it may be up to 24 days.