The have now been more than 8,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, with doctors struggling to explain the pathogen. However, a new study has revealed the most up to date insight of the virus, including the most likely symptoms and another surprising find.
The latest study from Chinese health officials, which examined 99 patients, revealed that the main symptoms of the virus, dubbed 2019-nCoV, are fever and a cough on admission to hospital.
Other symptoms include a shortness of breath, headaches, aching muscles and confusion according to the research published in the journal The Lancet.
The research also found the average age of the patients is 55, and half of the people studied were already were suffering from a pre-existing chronic disease.
Perhaps the most surprising find however is that the virus seems to infect more males than females.
The research points out that 68 percent of people infected by the virus were males, with the researchers struggling to understand why.
However, they do theorise: “The reduced susceptibility of females to viral infections could be attributed to the protection from X chromosome and sex hormones, which play an important role in innate and adaptive immunity.”
The scientists behind the study stated the main finding is that older men with pre-existing conditions are most likely to contract the virus.
Researchers from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University in the US have created a live map of the virus, which allows you to track the spread in real-time.
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Using data from the WHO and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the map shows where the virus has reached, the death toll and even how many people have recovered from the virus – 143 at the time of writing.
According to the map on January 30, there has been a total of 8,235 confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide, with 171 deaths, at the time of writing.
Lauren Gardner, a civil engineering professor at Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering, who helped to create the map, said: “We built this dashboard because we think it is important for the public to have an understanding of the outbreak situation as it unfolds with transparent data sources.
“For the research community, this data will become more valuable as we continue to collect it over time.”
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