Here’s what makes this strain so unusual and what you can do to protect yourself.
It is unusual for several reasons:
What are the symptoms?
Fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat and breathing difficulties are some of the most common symptoms of the new coronavirus.
“More rarely, the disease can be fatal. Older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as diabetes and heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming seriously ill with the virus.”
How can you protect yourself?
This includes washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If you feel sick, cover your whole mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. But don’t use your hands. Use your bent elbow or a tissue that you throw away immediately.
Is there a cure for the new coronavirus?
No. Patients can be cured and cured of their symptoms, but there is still no known cure for the new coronavirus.
What about a vaccine?
Scientists are working on a vaccine, but they don’t expect it soon.
The U.S. National Institutes of Health is looking to develop one, but says it will take at least a few months before clinical trials begin and more than a year before a vaccine can actually become available.
Separately, scientists in Texas, New York and China are also trying to create a vaccine, said Dr. Peter Hotez, a vaccine scientist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
But the challenge is daunting, said Hotez.
“The lesson we’ve learned is that coronavirus infections are serious and one of the newest and biggest threats to global health.”
Elizabeth Cohen of CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Jacqueline Howard contributed to this report.