What you need to know about the Coronavirus

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Victoria Loredan, News Editor

CHINA–Since mid-December, the Coronavirus has infected 500 and killed 17. The virus originated in the sea market in the Wuhan district.

The new virus has been dubbed 2019-nCoV and has so far spread through all of China. Scientists are not sure how dangerous it is and are just learning where it originated and how it spreads. Scientists have discovered that the virus can spread through human to human contact.

Currently, there are more than 20 cases in the capital of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong province in the South and Zhejiang in the East. 15 of the 20 are medical workers. There are two cases in Thailand and one each in South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. The general risk for Americans is low as only one person in Washington obtained the virus.

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Scientists concluded that 2019-nCoV originated in the Wuhan district because all the patients that were infected had all been in contact with the area at some point.

The virus shows cold-like symptoms. The initial symptoms are fever, cough, tightness of the chest and shortness of breath. The sickness can range from a common cold to more severe diseases, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARs).

A coronavirus is a large group of viruses that commonly make animals sick. However, in rare cases, they are what scientists call zoonotic and can be passed from animal to human, which is what scientists think occurred with 2019-nCoV.