The current virus is different from the coronavirus that caused SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in 2003.
In confirmed cases of illness in humans, common symptoms have been acute, serious respiratory illness with fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. Based on current clinical experience, the infection generally presents as pneumonia.
Cases have been confirmed in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and France.
Investigators are trying to find out the source of the virus and how it spreads.
Most probable it will be transmitted by respiratory droplets (droplet spread) produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes and when a person touches a surface or object contaminated with infectious droplets and then touches his or her mouth, nose, or eye(s).
Possibly the virus might spread more broadly through the air (airborne spread) or by other ways that are not now known.
Cases occurring in the same family raises the possibility of limited human-to-human transmission. Alternatively, it is possible that the infected family members were exposed to the same source of infection, for example, in a household or workplace.
What to do?
Since it is not exactly known how people become infected with this virus, it would be prudent and help prevent the acquisition of any respiratory illness to avoid close contact, when possible, with anyone who shows symptoms of illness (coughing and sneezing), and to maintain good hand hygiene.
There is no recommendation against any travel at this time.
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