Coronaviruses (CoV) belong to a large family of coronaviridae that causes disease ranging from the common cold to more serious illnesses.

  • Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) include the major illnesses caused by Coronavirus.
  • Transmission of Coronaviruses takes place from animals to humans-zoonotic in nature, also from humans to humans.
  • A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain not previously discovered in humans.

Spread of Coronavirus:

  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person- community spread.
  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
  • Respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.