A coronavirus is a type of common virus that can infect both humans and animals. Most coronaviruses are not dangerous, but some types of coronaviruses are dangerous and cause an infection in your upper throat, nose, or sinuses. They spread like other cold-causing viruses such as through sneezing, coughing, and touching an infected surface or object.
People who are infected with a coronavirus experience flu or cold-like symptoms for two to four days. However, symptoms vary from one person to another, depending on the type of coronavirus they are infected with.
Your doctor will take a sample of your respiratory specimens and blood to check for the presence of human coronavirus. However, this lab test is mostly recommended when you are suspected to have MERS or severe disease.
Currently, there are 7 recognized types of human coronaviruses, which include:
Coronaviruses can be transmitted from one person to another in these ways:
There is no vaccine, specific treatment, or medication for coronavirus. Follow these tips to prevent coronavirus:
There are different types of coronaviruses. Some infect humans, while others infect animals, including bats, camels, and cats. The sources of SARS and MERS human coronaviruses are civet cats and camels. However, the source of 2019-nCoV is still not clear, and public health officials and partners are working hard to identify it.
The 2019-nCoV is not the same as the coronaviruses that cause severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). However, genetic analyses suggest that the 2019-nCoV virus may have emerged from a virus related to SARS.
Visit your health care provider to confirm whether you are infected. Follow these tips to prevent further infection: