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Common Questions about Coronavirus and COVID-19

What is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.  In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. About 2% of people with the disease have died. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

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Dr. Pete Lin Gives the Facts On Coronavirus

Dr. Peter Lin: Get the facts on coronavirus

A renowned Canadian family physician with a gift for explaining medical science is working to deliver essential coronavirus information to the public.

Source: CBC

Dr. Peter Lin: Coronavirus Q&A | Separating fact from fiction

Dr. Peter Lin and CBC News’s Michael Serapio took viewer questions on the virus.

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Dr. James Hildreth

President & CEO

Meharry Medical College

Pofessor of Internal Medicine & Infectious Disease Specialist

Viruses are incomplete life forms with no ability to replicate on their own, so they must find a way to gain entry into the cells in our bodies, explained Dr. James Hildreth, president and CEO of Meharry Medical College.

Reflection Over COVID-19 Disaster By Shehu Dalhu

The Zongo Chief of Tamale and Spiritual leader of Ahlul bayt mission in Northern region, Shehu Dalhu Abdul-Mumini said the novel Coronavirus outbreak should remind people of all walks of life to see them as equal, regardless of their culture, religion, occupation, financial situation or how famous they are.