Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2020. 10:20 am CST.
By BBN Staff: The coronavirus is a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as the 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.
In December 2019, China first reported on the outbreak and most of the deaths have been reported in the Hubei province in Wuhan, China.
Around the world, medical experts are grappling to deal with the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Eighteen countries have confirmed cases of this new coronavirus. A total of 4,473 cases have been reported around the world with 4,409 of those cases in China alone.
There have been 5 reported cases in the United States of America and 1 case in Canada.
Readers can track the global spread of the Wuhan coronavirus in real time with this map.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has been working with Chinese authorities and global experts to learn more about the virus.
The Office of the Director of Health Services in Belize informed via his social media page that antibiotics have no role in the prevention or treatment of new coronavirus infection.
“This is a novel strain of the virus for which there is no specific treatment,” it noted.
In addition, the statement noted that they are reviewing public health measures in Belize.
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