It is from the family of Coronavirus that is a new strain. Similar to other Coronaviruses it comes from animals. It originated from the Wuhan province in China where many of those infected initially worked in the Huanan seafood wholesale market. Originally it was thought to only spread from animal to human but now it has also been confirmed that it also spreads from person to person as well. Which animal it potentially originates from or how it spreads is still being investigated.
A few other examples of Coronaviruses include Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). SARS spread to humans from cats while MERS can be spread from Camels to humans. Both viruses however were thought to originate in bats originally.
The virus can cause pneumonia in patients. Patients have suffered with coughs, fever as well shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Because it is a virus it cannot be treated with antibiotics. We currently do not have a vaccine for treatment for it and our measures for treating patients currently focus on alleviating the symptoms of the virus. Ultimately patients rely on their own immune system to eradicate the virus. Some people only experience mild symptoms while others have become severely ill.
Currently according to records it has spread to 24,324 people with about 2300 of those affected in critical condition. There have been a total of 490 deaths so far.
There have been a total of 18 people tested for Novel Coronavirus but we still do not have any confirmed cases. The risk for Albertans is still considered low.
If you think you may have the Novel Coronavirus call your doctor or hospital before heading down there. This will allow them to prepare space for you and give them opportunity to record your recent history including travel.
Currently it is recommended not to travel to China.
Face masks are currently not recommended. It does not hurt to use one but there is little evidence to suggest it would be effective in preventing the spread of the virus.
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