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COVID-19

Last update 07.05.2020

WHAT IS COVID-19?

The Centre for Disease Prevention and Control reports that COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a recently discovered virus from the coronavirus group. It is a group of viruses found in both animals and humans. In humans, coronavirus infections are recorded throughout the year, especially in autumn and winter. 

 

Facts About COVID-19

The Centre for Disease Prevention and Control reports that Covid-19 is an infectious disease caused by a recently discovered virus from the coronavirus group. It is a group of viruses found in both animals and humans. In humans, coronavirus infections are recorded throughout the year, especially in autumn and winter.

Human bodies respond to coronaviruses in a variety of ways, from mild respiratory illnesses to serious complications (pneumonia, kidney failure) and even death. To date, serious cases have been caused by the SARS and MERS coronaviruses. The SARS reservoir in nature (source of infection) is civets and, possibly, bats. The MERS reservoir is dromedary camels.

The source of the Covid-19 infection in nature is yet unknown. The outbreak began in December 2019 in Wuhan, in the South of China. It is possible that Covid-19 was transmitted from the animal world, as some of the cases were connected to the Wuhan South China Seafood and Animal Market. However, there are still too few studies to say with certainty exactly how and whether Covid-19 was transmitted from the animal world.

In March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a Covid-19 pandemic. A pandemic is a large-scale disease epidemic that affects several continents or the whole world. The Covid-19 pandemic is currently thought to have affected the entire world.

Visit the website of the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control for the latest news.

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