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Information on Novel Coronavirus nCoV-2019

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/02/2020. Information on Novel Coronavirus nCoV-2019

There is an ongoing outbreak of a novel Coronavirus that has originated in Hubei Provinceand its Capital City, Wuhan, which has spread to several Chinese provinces and other countries. Infections have been reported in neighbouring Asian nations, but also further afield as you are aware.

The HSE HPSC is monitoring the situation and updating its website daily at 1pm.


Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that can cause illnesses. Some of these illnesses are very mild, like the common cold, while others are more severe, like SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).

Novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV

A “novel coronavirus” means a new strain of coronavirus that has never been seen in humans before. The coronavirus recently identified in China is one of these. This new coronavirus is being named “2019–nCoV”.

Symptoms of novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV

It can take up to 14 days for the symptoms of this 2019-nCoV to appear. These symptoms include:

  • Fever (temperature of 38˚C or higher)
  • Cough
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat

    Treatment of novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV

    There is no specific treatment for 2019-nCoV at present. But the symptoms of the virus can be treated and include

    For more information on Department of Education circular, please read more here.


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