El 31 de diciembre de 2019 se comunica a la OMS varios casos de neumonía en Wuhan, una ciudad situada en la provincia china de Hubei. Si el virus es distinto a los conocidos, lo que resulta preocupante porque no sabemos de qué manera los virus nuevos pueden afectar a las personas.
On December 31, 2019, several cases of pneumonia were reported to the WHO in Wuhan, a city located in the Chinese province of Hubei. If the virus is different from the known ones, which is worrying because we don’t know how new viruses can affect people.
A week later, on January 7, Chinese authorities confirmed that they had identified a new coronavirus, a family of viruses that caused the common cold and diseases like MERS and SARS. This new virus is tentatively called 2019-nCoV.
From the moment it was informed of the outbreak, WHO has been working with Chinese authorities and experts around the world to obtain more information about the virus, its effects on infected people, its treatment and the measures that can be taken by countries to face front.
Given that coronaviruses often cause respiratory symptoms, the WHO has issued recommendations for personal protection against infection, as well as to prevent the spread of other people.