COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the coronavirus which was discovered during the outbreak in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
- Higher death rate than the seasonal flue
- No vaccine and no approved therapeutics to slow the course of its toll on the human body are available
- It takes around five days for Covid-19 infection to develop symptoms. During this time the virus can already be transmitted.
- Symptoms may include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 become seriously ill and develop difficulty breathing. Most people (80%) with COVID-19 will feel like they have a bad cold or the flu. Some people will require hospitalization. The elderly and people with existing health conditions have an increased risk of severe illness.