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Unlike the AIDs virus that took more than two years to identify, the new virus took only ten days. We know:
For several weeks now, the number of cases diagnosed daily is dropping.
From a very detailed epidemiological follow-up in other countries, we know outbreaks are very specific to areas and can be controlled easier.
The virus can be effectively cleared from surfaces. Use a solution of ethanol (62-71% alcohol), hydrogen peroxide (0,5% hydrogen peroxide) or sodium hypochlorite (0.1% bleach).
However, frequent handwashing with soap and water is the most effective way to avoid contagion.
There are more than eight vaccine projects underway against the new virus.
Another vaccine group in Australia is working on a prototype using a novel technique called "molecular clamp."
There are over 80 clinical trials analyzing treatments for the new virus. These are antivirals that have been used for other infections, are approved and safe.
They are a group of viruses that cause respiratory infections, including the common cold.
They can infect certain animals and spread from one animal to another. They can reach the human body if certain mutations occur in the virus.
The first significant flu pandemic started in Siberia and Kazakhstan, traveled to Moscow, and made its way into Finland and then Poland, where it moved into the rest of Europe. By the following year, it had crossed the ocean into North America and Africa. By the end of 1890, 360,000 had died.