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February 10, 2020

Daily report (10 Feb 2020)

No new countries reported cases of 2019-nCoV in the past 24 hours. • The WHO R&D Blueprint is a global strategy and preparedness plan that allows the rapid activation of R&D activities...

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February 9, 2020

Daily report (9 Feb 2020)

No new countries reported cases of 2019-nCoV in the past 24 hours. • Update on Cruise Ship Diamond Princess: On 9 February, Japanese National Health Authorities provided WHO with a detailed update...

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What are coronavirus infections?

Coronaviruses are a group of common viruses. They are named for the crown-like spikes on the surface of the virus. Some coronaviruses only affect animals, but others can also affect humans. Most people get infected with human coronaviruses at some time in their life. This usually causes mild to moderate upper-respiratory infections, like the common cold. But they can also cause more severe illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia.

How are coronavirus infections spread?

Human coronaviruses usually spread from an infected person to others through Learn more about the transmission methods of the novel coronavirus

What is an incubation period?

In medicine, the time from the moment of exposure to an infectious agent until signs and symptoms of the disease appear.

Why is the incubation period important?

This period is widely reported because it is useful in infectious disease surveillance and control, in which the time of symptom onset may be the only indication of the time of infection.

What is the incubation period for novel coronavirus?

It is estimated to be 14 days from the time of exposure to getting sick.

What are the symptoms of novel coronavirus?

Learn more about the symptoms of the novel coronavirus

How is the novel coronavirus transmitted?

Learn more about the transmission methods of the novel coronavirus

How to I reduce exposure novel coronavirus?

Learn more about prevention and reducing exposure