What is a coronavirus

    What is a coronavirus

    The term coronavirus does not refer to a single virus, but rather a family of viruses. 

    You’ve probably had a coronavirus already – the common cold is sometimes caused by a coronavirus. They’re exceptionally common and coronaviruses are responsible for infections in animals and humans. 

    Normally viruses of this type infect a certain type of animal, but occasionally, these animal coronaviruses can cross species and infect humans which is what’s believed to have happened here.

    Coronaviruses are a completely different family to those that give you the flu. So, while the symptoms may be similar, it’s not right to say this virus is the same as the flu. 

    This virus is new and at present, we’re still learning much about how it transmits between people, how it causes symptoms, and why it causes very severe illness in the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions.

    While there’s a huge amount of research work taking place worldwide to defeat this pandemic, there is currently no treatment or vaccine available which specifically targets this particular virus. Antibiotics don’t work against viruses. Taking them will have no effect on the virus and may lead to other problems which might contribute to antibiotic resistance.

    We can all do our part to help manage the spread of the virus to protect those most at risk.