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First confirmed case of Wuhan coronavirus is reported to be stable... three more suspected patients tested negative Updated: 2020-01-22 07:08:11 KST

A 35-year-old Chinese woman who flew in from Wuhan and was confirmed to have pneumonia from the 'Wuhan coronavirus', is reportedly in stable conditions.
According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, she had been diagnosed with a cold in a hospital in Wuhan before she came to South Korea, but has since recovered, with most pneumonia symptoms gone. However, the Chinese patient is yet to be discharged from hospital as she is still under observation.

Also on Tuesday, three people that were held in quarantine after showing pneumonia-like symptoms have been released after testing negative for the Wuhan coronavirus.

An expert says that although the fatality rate is comparatively lower than other viruses that have hit South Korea in the past, people need to go to hospital if they have certain symptoms, because the virus is contagious.

"One of the things that we see to decide whether this virus could be spread among people is whether there is the infected among the medical team or not. It is reported that 15 Chinese medical members were infected, so it is certainly a virus that spreads. Like other coronavirus such as SARS or MERS, it seems it is spread by the droplets that come out when people cough or hands that have these on."

Since the first confirmed patient was moved straight from the airport to the hospital, the expert says it is unlikely that there will be lots of patients right away.
Yet, he says it is possible for the virus to spread, as there's lots of interaction between South Korea and China.
Thus, experts say to go to the hospital if you are showing certain symptoms.

"When people have a fever, chill, and respiratory symptoms such as coughing, or have problems with breathing, they need to go to hospital. Since it has not spread across South Korea, if someone with respiratory problems and fever has been in Wuhan or had contact with a confirmed patient in the last two weeks, they need to go to hospital."

To prevent the spread of the virus, people should wash their hands regularly and cover their mouth when coughing.
KIM Bo-kyoung, Arirang News.
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