It didn’t take long for the Wuhan coronavirus to make its way to Malaysia. As of today, four cases have been confirmed in Malaysia. The infection which presents itself through flu-like symptoms, can lead to more dangerous situations like bronchitis and pneumonia, and eventually death. Here’s what we know about the virus so far and what you can do to reduce the risks of infection.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are named for the crown-like spikes on their surface. They mainly affect animals, but some types like the beta coronavirus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS and the beta coronavirus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, also affect humans.
Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.