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By LuAnn Schindler

Best defense against Corona - or any -virus: Wash your hands

No cases reported in Nebraska as of Thursday


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At some point, most people have experienced sniffling, aching, coughing, stuffy head and fever associated with the human coronavirus.

But symptoms of the common cold differ from COVID-19, a new or novel disease not previously seen in humans.

Here's what is known, according to Dr. Michael Mina, assistant professor of epidemiology at Harvard Medical School:

• COVID-19 first appeared in Wuhan, China, on Dec. 8, 2019;

• Officials assumed the virus was caused by zoonotic - animal to human - transmission; and

• Researchers identified the genome sequence of the virus within a month.


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