Coronavirus and Covid-19: latest news and updates on the global pandemic
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The novel coronavirus labeled SARS-CoV-2 causes Covid-19, which can have symptoms ranging from that of a mild flu to severe respiratory disease. In combination with other underlying health conditions, it can be fatal to those affected.
The virus has been spreading to every corner of the world since December 2019, when it was first discovered in Wuhan, a major city in China's Hubei province. Experts initially believed it to have originated in a so-called wet market that sells fresh meat and seafood, although a World Health Organization investigation in 2021 was inconclusive.
Covid-19 is transmitted through the air by microscopic droplets that people produce when they breathe, talk, sneeze, or cough. Health experts urge avoiding close contact with others and wearing a mask to contain these droplets, which significantly reduces the chances of infection.
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