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Fact Booklet Novel Coronavirus

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We encourage you to familiarise yourself with the information contained in this booklet.

No country is immune to the spread of the Novel Coronavirus – officially named COVID-19 by the World Health Organisation (WHO). This outbreak has been declared a global public health emergency. Here is all you need to know to stay healthy.

What makes COVID-19 so tricky to deal with?

“There is limited information available about its clinical features and the severity of disease it causes,” says Dr Noluthando Nematswerani, Discovery Health’s Head of the Centre for Clinical Excellence. “Recent data shows that more that 80% of people infected with COVID-19 have mild disease and recover. In about 5% of cases patients have critical disease and in 2% of cases the virus causes a fatal respiratory illness. The risk of death increases the older a person is. While, scientists scramble to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, international efforts are concentrated on early detection and quarantining of infected patients.”

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