Researchers in Hong Kong have reportedly developed a Coronavirus vaccine. An expert on infectious diseases and a professor at Hong Kong university told south china morning post that his team was working on the vaccine.

Researchers have based vaccines on an influenza virus. They have modified the vaccine with a part of the surface antigen of Coronavirus, meaning the vaccine can potentially prevent influenza and Coronavirus. It is yet to be deemed fit for human use, which can be proved only after conducting clinical trials.

What Is A Novel Coronavirus?

A novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new Coronavirus that has not been previously identified.

Coronavirus is an enveloped single-stranded RNA virus.

The Virus cannot reproduce on their own.

They must invade a cell, take over the cell’s internal machinery to build the parts needed by the virus.

Recent updates show that the novel coronavirus is 70% similar to SARS or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-associated Coronavirus disease that appeared in 2002 in China.

In 2002 SARS Spread Worldwide

It spread worldwide within a few months, via droplets that enter the air when someone with the disease coughs, sneezes or talks.

How Can A Virus Live Outside The Body?

Cold and flu virus-laden droplets may remain infectious for several hours, depending on where they fall.

The virus generally remains active longer on stainless steel, plastic, and similar hard surfaces than on fabric and other soft surfaces.

Other factors: the amount of virus, temperature, and humidity of the environment determine how long viruses stay active outside the body.

It is possible to catch the infection after handling an object an infected person sneezed or coughed on a few moments ago.

Personal contact with an infected person-like a handshake or breathing in droplets from a cough or sneeze is the most common way this virus spread.

Coronavirus Symptoms And Complications

Coronavirus symptoms usually only last for a short amount of time.

Symptoms may include :

Runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever, a general feeling of being unwell, pneumonia, difficulty breathing.

More common in people with heart and lung disease, weakened immune systems, infants, and elderly people.

In a major breakthrough in the global fight against coronavirus, scientists in Australia have developed a lab-grown version of the disease.

Described as a “game-changer” that will help scientists determine whether a future vaccine is effective, experts at Melbourne’s Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity on Tuesday became the world’s first scientific lab outside of China to recreate the virus.

They will now share it with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Europe, which will, in turn, share it with labs worldwide — including one from Queensland — involved in the worldwide race to develop a vaccine.

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