Coronavirus test – how is it diagnosed and is there a vaccine? – The Sun

CHINESE authorities are desperately trying to stop the spread of Coronavirus after the death toll has risen to 26.

More than a dozen people have been tested for the virus in the UK, but how is it diagnosed? Here's all you need to know.

How is coronavirus diagnosed?

Five people have so far been tested negative and the other nine people are waiting for results.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there was an "increased likelihood" of cases in the UK, but that "we are well prepared" to deal with them.

He also said: "The UK is one of the first countries to have developed a world-leading test for the new coronavirus."

It has similar symptoms to the common cold, making it tricky to identify early.

According to CDC, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the symptoms include:

  • runny nose
  • headache
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • fever
  • a general feeling of being unwell

Doctors may order laboratory tests on respiratory specimens and serum, part of your blood, to detect human coronaviruses.

The testing is more likely if you are suspected of having MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome).

Is there a vaccine for coronavirus?

At the moment there is no vaccine to protect people against the virus, but researchers are looking to develop one.

Scientists have warned it could be a year before they develop a vaccine.

The UK's expected measures do not appear to include a medical screening of passengers at the airport for signs of the virus, as the UK did in 2014 following the Ebola outbreak.

But aircraft from the Chinese city are landing in an isolated area of Heathrow Terminal 4 to limit the potential spread of the infection.

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