What is a ‘novel’ coronavirus?
The new coronavirus (CoV) is a new strain of coronavirus.
The disease caused by the new coronavirus that was first identified in Wuhan, China, has been called coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) – the term “CO” refers to corona, “VI” refers to a virus, and “D” means disease. Previously, this disease was referred to as the “2019 New Corona Virus” or “2019-nCoV”.
COVID-19 is a new virus associated with the same family of viruses as a severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and some types of colds.
The WHO has described COVID-19 as a pandemic. what does that mean?
Prescribing COVID-19 as a pandemic is not an indication that the virus has become more lethal. It is a recognition of the geographical spread of the disease.
UNICEF prepares and responds to a COVID-19 epidemic around the world, knowing that the virus can spread to children and families in any country or society. UNICEF will continue to work with governments and our partners to stop the transmission of the virus, and to keep the children and their families safe.
There are a lot of myths and misinformation about coronavirus sharing online – including how COVID-19 is spreading, how safe you are, and what to do if you are concerned about infection with the virus.
Therefore, it is important to be careful when looking for information and advice. This explanation contains information and recommendations about how to reduce the risk of infection, whether you should take your child out of school, whether it is safe for a breastfeeding woman, and precautions to take when traveling. UNICEF also launched a web portal where you can find more information and advice about COVID-19. In addition, the World Health Organization has a helpful section that addresses some of the most common questions.
It is also recommended to keep up-to-date information on travel, education and other guidance provided by national or local authorities for the latest recommendations and news.
How does COVID-19 virus spread?
The virus is transmitted through direct contact with the respiratory drops of an infected person (generated by coughing and sneezing), and touching surfaces contaminated with the virus. COVID-19 may live on surfaces for several hours, but simple antiseptics can kill it.