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What is the New Coronavirus?

The new coronavirus, not being a single virus in itself, is a group of viruses that usually causes illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain which was never seen in humans before.

What are the symptoms of the new coronavirus?

- Starts with a fever, followed by a dry cough

- After a week, it leads to shortness of breath and some patients require hospital treatment

- According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the incubation period - between infection and showing any symptoms - lasts up to 14 days