According to the World Health Organisation, coronaviruses are a large family of viruses common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain first identified in Wuhan city, China, in December 2019. The incubation period of COVID-19 is between two and 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with coronavirus, it is unlikely that they have been infected.
The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to COVID-19:
difficulty in breathing
Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, the elderly, and those with conditions such as diabetes, cancer, and chronic lung disease. There is no evidence that children are more vulnerable – globally, very few cases have been reported in children.