nCoV outbreak declared a State calamity in Kerala

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  • February 7, 2020
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nCoV outbreak declared a State calamity in Kerala

Part of: GS Prelims and GS Mains II – Secularism

In news:

  • A high-level group of Ministers has been constituted on the directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review the management of the outbreak.

From Prelims Point of View:

Novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV :

  • coronavirus is a large family of viruses that are often the source of respiratory infections, including the common cold.
  • According to the World Health Organization, during previous outbreaks due to other coronaviruses, human-to-human transmission occurred through droplets or objects making contact, suggesting that the transmission mode of the 2019-nCoV can be identical.
  • Symptoms may include fever, cough and shortness of breath. 
  • Antibiotics do not work against such viral pneumonia and there are no vaccines against them.
  • Virus is contagious even during incubation, that is even before a patient exhibits any symptoms. This characteristic amplifies transmissibility.

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