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How Dangerous is Coronavirus also known as Coronovirus?
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How dangerous is Coronavirus?

James Gray

Owner/Editor at Busara Ltd
I am a published writer, journalist and photo-journalist. I have an MA in Creative Writing and Journalism from the University of Wales and my journalism has been published in a number of UK national newspapers including 'the Observer'. My photo-journalism has been represented by Agence France-Presse.
James Gray

What is Coronavirus?

A typical example of a Coronavirus is the common cold. Most of us get them sometime in our lives. This one though is new and is what is called a ‘novel coronavirus’. This means that although it is a member of the coronavirus family. It has never been seen before in humans and our immune systems are not geared up to fight it full on. Like other coronaviruses, it has come from animals but is now spreading between humans. 

What other coronaviruses have there been?

Apart from the common cold, other Coronaviruses over the last decade or so have included, Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).  Both of these, like the new one came from animals and probably came from Bats at first.

The first cases of Sars were in China in late 2002 and ended up infecting more than 8,000 people and killing more than 750. Approximately 12%. 

Mers appears to be less easily passed from human to human, and had lower infection rates but was almost 3x more deadly than Sars and killed approximately 800 people out of about 2,400 who were infected.

The new Coronavirus causes viral pneumonia, which is not treatable by antibiotics, nor with the antiviral drugs commonly used for treating flu. 

Most of the people who have died have been elderly and in poor health with underlying conditions such as diabetes or with weakened immune systems which cannot fight the disease.

As of 23 January the Chinese authorities had acknowledged 517 cases and 17 deaths. 

The virus has also been confirmed outside China, in the US, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan and now France.