A US dad cleared of coronavirus after living in Wuhan coughed repeatedly while being interviewed on live television.
Pennsylvania man Frank Wucinski put his coughs down to nervousness as he told Fox News about his time in quarantine.
Mr Wucinski and his three-year-old daughter Annabelle were placed in isolation because of their contact with their father-in-law, who died from coronavirus.
But they were released after three days when their tests came back clear.
"Fortunately from what I understand, you know, it is contagious, but the death rate is pretty low," he said.
"So, yeah, I understand the fear."https://twitter.com/FWucinski/status/1230506653201637378
During the interview he began coughing repeatedly, before taking his daughter's water bottle, swigging from it, and handing it back to her.
"They said I'm fine. I got tested twice. Negative both times. The cough was probably just nerves," he said.
Mr Wucinski has been told to go for regular doctor visits, but is waiting to sort out health insurance before he does so.
Mr Wucinski set up a fundraising page so he can afford to cover any medical bills.
His wife, who is not an American citizen, was not able to travel to the United States with them.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a specific type of coronavirus that causes severe lung disease and originated in China on December 31, 2019.
Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals and cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
The name comes from the Latin word "corona," meaning a halo or crown, which the viruses resemble when viewed under a microscope.
The current outbreak is most likely to have started from people who picked it up from a fresh food market, also known as a 'wet market', in Wuhan, China.
Although it is a new strain among humans, it is likely the virus was being transmitted among different animal species and then transferred to humans at the market.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
The incubation period - between infection and showing any symptoms - lasts up to 14 days, according to the WHO.
But some researchers say it may be as long as 24 days.
And Chinese scientists say some people may be infectious even before their symptoms appear.
How worried should you be about contracting coronavirus?
According to WHO, If you are not in an area where COVID-19 is spreading, or if you have not travelled from one of those areas or have not been in close contact with someone who has and is feeling unwell, your chances of getting it are currently low.
In Australia, the low number of confirmed cases means a reduced likelihood of infection.
Despite this, authorities are urging people to remain vigilant and continue to monitor their own symptoms, maintain their hygiene, obey travel bans to areas with high infection rates and seek professional medical advice if they have concerns.
How to protect yourself and others from infection
The WHO says standard recommendations to prevent spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing and thoroughly cooking meat and eggs.
Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others.
Is there a cure for coronavirus?
There is no cure or vaccine for the virus however hope for treating the virus could be on the horizon with the first US study of a drug to treat the illness on the way.
A clinical trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the antiviral drug, Remdesivir, in adults diagnosed with coronavirus started at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, the National Institutes of Health said.
In Australia, health authorities are encouraging people to receive their flu shot as early as possible to avoid added pressure on the health system as flu-season approaches.
COVID-19 is also more dangerous if you have a pre-existing condition or weak immune system meaning protecting yourself from other illnesses is a practical step to preventing life-threatening symptoms.
What is Australia doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Australian authorities are taking a "rings of containment" approach to limiting the spread of the virus, now formally known as COVID-19, by trying to contain any confirmed cases to individuals, families or affected units.
For a small outbreak, public health units would trace who infected people had come into contact with and isolate people where appropriate to try to prevent further spread.
In the case of a bigger spread, they would focus on limiting the speed at which the virus is being transmitted.
Read more on Australia's response here.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/coronavirus-dad-cleared-of-disease-coughs-repeatedly-during-tv-interview/1ca151da-1ef2-4800-a4dd-321ee16eb48e