As you know, there’s been an outbreak of a novel coronavirus, called 2019-nCoV, in China. Here’s a quick summary, as of 30-1-2020, of what we know about the virus so far:
The outbreak started in Wuhan City, in Hubei Province, China.
As of yesterday, WHO have confirmed that 7818 confirmed infections have been identified, with 7736 of those occurring in China.
170 people have died in China, with an overall mortality rate of around 2%.
All provinces in China have seen at least one case.
Yesterday, the WHO declared a global health emergency related to this outbreak.
The basic reproductive number of the virus is at least 2, meaning that it will continue to spread in a population of susceptible individual unless control measures are put in place.
The virus is related to the SARS and MERS coronaviruses; these viruses both have the potential to survive on environmental surfaces and fomites were implicated in their transmission. It is not yet known whether the 2019-nCoV shares these properties, but it seems likely.
Public Health England’s Infection Prevention and Control guidelines state that a wide range of disinfectants would be expected to be effective against this enveloped virus, but recommend chlorine-based agents for disinfection following known cases.
This is an emerging situation, which is changing daily – so we’ll do our best to keep you up to speed with the key developments.
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