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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 COVID-19 updates (situation reports published by UN Kosovo Team under publications in this website, or simply follow the link

UNKT Situation Reports on COVID-19

COVID-19 update (sitrep 27); COVID-19 update (sitrep 26); COVID-19 update (sitrep 25); COVID-19 update (sitrep 24); 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

For latest global information, please visit:

Latest news on the UNs’ response:
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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