What is a novel coronavirus?

Novel (meaning "new") coronavirus is a virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus and it has the potential to cause severe illness in some people.

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1. What is a novel coronavirus?
2. How does novel Coronavirus spread?
3. How severe is novel Coronavirus?
4. What are the symptoms?
5. How is novel Coronavirus treated?