This Morning health expert warns deadly coronavirus can spread from person-to-person before symptoms show

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A leading health expert has warned that the lethal coronavirus can be spread from person to person before someone realises they are even carrying it.

Appearing on This Morning, Dr Sara Kayat revealed to Phil and Holly that people can travel without knowing they have the virus, which they can then give to someone else before they become ill.

According to experts, symptoms may not even show from anywhere between a day and a fortnite. 

It comes after the death toll rockets to 81 in China, with 2,700 cases of virus currently at large, and growing.

While discussing how fast the virus is spreading, Dr Sara said: “There have now been five cases in the US, so it is spreading, but so far none in the UK, which is the important thing for us.”



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Symptoms of the virus, which originated in Wuhan, China, include nasal congestion, headache, coughing, sore throat and a fever.

But, it has been revealed that some people may be asymptomatic, which means they may not show any signs of the virus for a certain period of time – anywhere between a day and a fortnight.

The GP on the daytime TV show said the problem with the virus is that “You may be asymptomatic, so you may have no symptoms to start with.”

She continued: “Symptoms usually in the early stages are a fever and a dry cough. And a week later you can develop a shortness of breathe which may require hospital treatment.

“Which is why at this point if you are travelling to that type of area you have second thoughts on whether you should be.”


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However, there are a number of ways people can reduce the risk of contracting the virus.

“Obviously avoid travel to the Wuhan province.” Dr Sara told viewers. “And if you are around people who are unwell, try to steer clear of them as much as possible.

She also warned viewers to try and stay at least six feet or more away from someone who is coughing or sneezing.

She added: “Coughing and sneezing, which is how it transferred through tiny droplets in the saliva, can travel up to six feet.

“So you want to have a six foot girth around you if you are around someone who is unwell.”



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