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What is a ‘novel’ coronavirus?

A novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new strain of coronavirus
The disease caused by the novel coronavirus first identified in December 2019, has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – ‘CO’ stands for corona, ‘VI’ for virus, and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as ‘2019 novel coronavirus’ or ‘2019-nCoV.’
The COVID-19 virus is a new virus linked to the same family of viruses as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and some types of common cold.

How does the COVID-19 virus spread?

The virus is transmitted through direct contact with respiratory droplets of an infected person (generated through coughing and sneezing), and touching surfaces contaminated with the virus. The COVID-19 virus may survive on surfaces for several hours, but simple disinfectants can kill it.

For symptoms of COVID-19, prevention and related please consult HealthBuddy. It is the most comprehensive user-friendly platform containing verified information.

Health Buddy

HealthBuddy is a joint initiative of the UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia and WHO Regional Office for Europe.


For Kosovo specific information, please follow Situation Reports published by UN Kosovo Team under publications in this website, or simply follow the link

UNKT Situation Reports on COVID-19

Sitrep 23; Sitrep 22; Sitrep 21; Sitrep 20; Sitrep 19; Sitrep 18; Sitrep 17Sitrep 16; Sitrep 15; Sitrep 14; Sitrep 13; Sitrep 12; Sitrep 11; Sitrep 10; Sitrep 9; Sitrep 8; Sitrep 7Sitrep 6;Sitrep 5Sitrep 4Sitrep 3; Sitrep 2; Sitrep 1

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For thematic issues related to the COVID-19 please see:

Thematic COVID-19 issues

  • WHO Recommendations for Home Care for COVID-19 Patients with mild Symptoms (English/Albanian/Serbian/Romani) LINK
  • UNKT Statement on COVID-19 with regard to Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers LINK