All you need to know about the Coronavirus


Where did it come from?

The first cases Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) were reported from Wuhan, a city in China. Some of the first few people with Coronavirus had been handling animals at an animal market.


Scientists think Coronavirus could have been carried from bats at the animal market to humans. Scientists think this as Coronavirus has a very similar DNA sequence as a bat's virus. 


Scientists from the WHO have spent ages studying this new virus


What happens if you catch coronavirus?

If you catch coronavirus, you may start to get symptoms like a fever, a continuous cough, or find it hard to breathe. If you get symptoms, you must get a coronavirus test and self-isolate from other people for 10 days.


However, If your test is then negative, you may go back to normal, but if positive you and any other people in your house will have to isolate for 14 days.

Most people only get mild symptoms of coronavirus, but some people can get very unwell. If you have a serious health problem, quite old or have a week immune system, you are classed as vulnerable to the Coronavirus. People who are vulnerable are more likely to have worse symptoms of Coronavirus and may need to go to hospital.


Can you catch coronavirus twice?

Once you have caught and fought a virus once, your body will know how to fight it the next time you catch it, as it is trained from the last time. 

However, with coronavirus, some people have caught it again and scientists cannot predict how many people will be immune as the coronavirus is different to other viruses.

If you have already tested positive and self-isolated, and then you develop symptoms again, the Government says you must self isolate at least for 7 days and get a test.