CO = from Corona viruses family
VI = from virus
D = disease
19 = the year this strain was discovered (2019)
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
Up until march 2020 the recovery rate was around 50%, 5-10% deaths and the rest are still sick.
But the problems are not over. Some of the doctors in Hong Kong have found that even if a person is recovered, he/she can still be left with substantially weakened lung capacity, with some left gasping for air when walking quickly. These are not good news. The same hospital from HK came to the conclusion that "Some patients might have around a drop of 20 to 30% in lung function". While it's too early to establish long-term effects of the disease, scans of nine patients' lungs also "found patterns similar to frosted glass in all of them, suggesting there was organ damage".
"Among those who are infected, most will recover," the World Health Organisation's director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.