The Coronavirus

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What is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause illness in humans and animals. Early reports suggest the COVID-19 is more contagious than the one causing SARS but less likely to cause severe symptoms.

How long does the Virus survive in the environment?

Preliminary studies have shown that the new coronavirus survives for three hours in the air in tiny water droplets for instance from coughing or sneezing.

The virus can survive longer on hard surfaces; 24 hours on cardboard and two to three days on plastic and steel.


How is the virus transmitted?

It is already known that the new coronavirus survives in droplets in the air and on surfaces. So it is likely that the two main routes of transmission are by breathing in the virus; or by the virus on surfaces being transferred to the eyes, nose and mouth by people’s hands.

 

Useful Links

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

https://coronavirusexplained.ukri.org/en/

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