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China develops an antiviral spray as a shield against coronavirus

  • 27 January 2020
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China develops an antiviral spray as a shield against coronavirus
An antiviral spray against the coronavirus has been developed in Shanghai Public Health Clinical Centre, according to the People's Daily.
The spray can be put into the throat as a shield from the virus. The spray can greatly help protect front-line medical staff, yet mass-production for public use is not available for now, it said.
There are no specific treatments for coronavirus infections and most people will recover on their own. So treatment involves rest and medication to relieve symptoms. A humidifier or hot shower can help to relieve a sore throat and cough. If you are mildly sick, you should drink a lot of fluids and rest but if you are worried about your symptoms, you should see a healthcare provider, they wrote. (This is advice for all coronaviruses, not specifically aimed toward the new virus).
Health authorities around the world are grappling with an outbreak of a new coronavirus, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
At least 81 people have died in China and almost 3,000 have been infected worldwide.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
They circulate in animals and some can be transmitted between animals and humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.
The new coronavirus has been named novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). It is the seventh coronavirus known to affect humans.
Common signs of infection include fever, coughing and breathing difficulties. 
In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, SARS, kidney failure and death.
The incubation period of the new coronavirus is thought to be between one and 14 days. The virus is contagious before symptoms appear.
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