What happens if you get infected by the new coronavirus?

China said the death toll from the new coronavirus surged past 1,000 on Tuesday, as Beijing stepped up efforts to treat tens of thousands of sick people and the World Health Organization (WHO) urged the world to “fight this virus before it gets out of control”.

Since the new type of virus was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December, it has infected more than 43,000 people and spread to about 25 countries.

The rapid advance of the virus – labelled 2019-nCoV – has triggered fear across the globe, despite all but two of the deaths and 99 percent of the infections reported as occurring in mainland China. As the alarm spread, scientists and researchers around the world have ramped up efforts to understand the new virus and how it affects the human body.


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