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  • When and where was the first Covid-19 cases recorded?

  • OLIVIA: The first cases of the virus

  • were in Wuhan in China at the end of last year.

  • Like other new coronaviruses, it was almost certainly passed

  • to a human from an animal, probably a bat.

  • How does it affect the human body or make you sick?

  • The symptoms might include fever, cough, runny nose

  • and shortness of breath.

  • In more severe cases, it can cause pneumonia,

  • which is an infection of the lungs

  • that can make it difficult to breathe.

  • But it's important to remember that most cases are mild

  • and not much different to a common cold.

  • In fact, some people who have tested positive for Covid-19

  • haven't had any symptoms at all.

  • Can face masks protect you from the coronavirus?

  • While masks can stop people from spreading the disease,

  • doctors say we shouldn't be wearing them if we're not sick.

  • MAN: Masks are pointless.

  • Your chances of walking past a person with the illness

  • or being on the same train or bus as them

  • are not much higher than winning the lottery.

  • So, by wearing masks,

  • you're unnecessarily using a resource

  • that's needed for health workers

  • who will be directly exposed to infected patients,

  • and needed for people with the illness

  • to cut the chances of them spreading it.

  • What is the mortality rate of the coronavirus?

  • Wow, that's a good question.

  • The mortality rate is the percentage of people who die

  • when they get the virus.

  • The World Health Organization says it's about 3.4%,

  • although it could be lower than that.

  • While it's still a fair bit more deadly than the seasonal flu,

  • most people who get coronavirus have a really mild case.

  • And the good news for you guys is that kids are much less likely

  • to get sick.

  • How long can the coronavirus live outside of the human body?

  • While it passes much more easily from person to person,

  • scientists reckon human coronavirus can live on surfaces

  • for up to nine days.

  • The germs can be killed pretty easily, though,

  • with common disinfectants.

  • As an Australian, should I be concerned about the coronavirus

  • spreading around Australia?

  • There are already cases in Australia

  • and the government says it is likely to spread,

  • which is why they're getting ready.

  • We've got ahead of this early.

  • We intend to stay ahead of this.

  • Authorities are trying to limit the spread as much as possible

  • by keeping close track of who's got the virus

  • and who they've come into contact with.

  • Are the government going to cancel school in Australia?

  • At the moment, that's not really necessary

  • because it hasn't spread that much in Australia, but it could happen.

  • A few schools have already been closed in Sydney

  • because students got the virus.

  • Should I stock up on water, food and toilet paper?

  • Yeah, so, last week, people got a little bit over the top

  • with the toilet paper thing.

  • Removing all of the lavatory paper from the shelves of supermarkets

  • probably isn't a proportionate or sensible thing to do.

  • While experts say it's not a bad idea

  • to have a couple of week's worth of food in the cupboard

  • just in case you need to quarantine yourself,

  • we won't run out of food and there is no need to panic.

  • How many people have coronavirus?

  • That's a tricky one because it's changing all the time.

  • But around the world, it's more than 100,000,

  • although heaps of those are now better.

  • What should you do if you get the symptoms?

  • The government says if you think you might have Covid-19,

  • you should talk to a doctor,

  • but make sure you call first and let them know

  • so everyone can take precautions and make sure you don't spread it.

  • The government says you should also put a mask on before you see anyone.

  • Will antibiotics help treat the virus?

  • No, antibiotics are used to kill bacteria,

  • and Covid-19 is a virus.

  • Is there going to be any cure for the coronavirus?

  • Hopefully.

  • All around the world, scientists are working to find a vaccine,

  • and they've already had some breakthroughs.

  • Researchers at the University of Queensland

  • are testing a new vaccine on animals

  • and there are also other tests going on.

  • It will be a while before anything hits the shelves, though,

  • so in the meantime, the best advice is to stay calm,

  • practice good hygiene and look after each other.

When and where was the first Covid-19 cases recorded?

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    Annie Huang   posted on 2020/03/11
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