Paragraph: the new coronavirus, covid-19, is a respiratory illness that has spread from person to person and is believed to have originated in wuhan, china. symptoms of the virus include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. the world health organization declared the outbreak a global pandemic on march 11, 2020.
Paragraph: the virus has spread to more than 200 countries and territories around the world, and the number of confirmed cases and deaths is increasing daily. governments around the world are taking measures to contain the spread of the virus. the virus is thought to be more contagious than the flu.
Paragraph: the virus is thought to spread mainly through contact with respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, as well as through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects. the best way to prevent infection is to practice good hygiene, such as washing hands frequently and avoiding close contact with people who are sick. people who are at higher risk of severe illness should take extra precautions to avoid exposure to the virus. there is currently no vaccine or specific treatment for covid-19, so people with mild symptoms should self-isolate and seek medical advice if symptoms worsen, while people with severe symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.