The (2019-nCov) is a brand new virus that has never been seen before, so a lot of information will change in the coming months as more info is available and the virus evolves.
The (2019-nCov) is similar to SARS and MERs using spiked glycopotein’s to enter the viruses RNA into the host cells of humans.
The virus originated in the city of Wuhan in China with the first diagnosis being on December 8th 2019. The virus is thought to have come from an exotic meat market in the area, from either a snake, or bat or possibly a virus that had once infected both.
As of July 27 there is currently ~3,000 cases officially diagnosed with over 80 dead. With experts estimating that there are 30,000 – 100,000 people currently infected who may not yet be showing symptoms, and currently there are videos showing over crowded hospitals with people people being treated in the hallway and people laying dead in the public and on the street suggesting the situation may be worse than has been said. With many videos being censored by the Chinese government
The basic reproduction number for this virus is currently estimated to be inbetween 3 – 5 meaning for every person who gets the virus it is currently believed they may transfer it to 3-5 different people.
While some may not get symptoms for others it can be very severe and include fever, vomitting, labored breathing, and pnemunia.
While a mortality rate has not been officially established many media outlets are saying 3%, however a peer reviewed medical paper in the Lancet that followed some of first (2019-nCov) patients put it at a high 15% mortality rate, but only time will tell.
On January 23rd Chinese governments closed down all transportation to and from and inside Wuhan and since then 20 other cities now have restricted travel in China. Restricting over 50 million people.
The once busy streets in these chinese cities are now ghost towns with many businesses closed, and reports of people running low on supplies.
Many places in cities are now required to use thermometers as checkpoints to be able to travel. This includes international flights around the world, while this is what most countries are doing it may do little to help.
The incubation period (time from exposure to developing symptoms) of the virus is between 2 to 14 days and it remains contagious during this time meaning people that are sick can easily get through checkpoints, with several countries already seeing infections: Thailand, United States, Taiwan, Australia, Macau, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, France, Canada, and Vietnam.
There have been no deaths from the virus reported outside China.
Officials have confirmed that the virus has been transmitted person-to-person, but it remains unclear how easy it is to contract from another infected individual, and most virtually all cases thus far can be traced back to Wuhan.
There are no specific treatments for coronavirus infections and most people will recover on their own, according to the CDC. So treatment involves rest and medication to relieve symptoms.
There is currently no cure but a development for vaccine has already started through many different organizations and the current hope is to have a vaccine ready for human trials by April of this year.
Remember this virus is very contagious be careful to wash your hands, wear protective gear, and avoid others if the infection exists in your area.