What specifically is it?

In short, it has a high genetic mutation rate and can rapidly develop resistance to new drugs. It stems from a chain of various diseases. These diseases consisting of the common cold, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).


What are the symptoms?

People essentially display pneumonia-like symptoms, which consist of mainly a fever and breathing difficulties. So please… if you have one of these symptoms, please go straight to your GP.


Tips to reduce your risk of the infection

  • Wash hands with soap & water, or alcohol-based hand soap
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing
  • Make sure to throw out tissues, into a closed bin, immediately after use
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Avoid spitting in public
  • Thoroughly cook meat and eggs, & use different chopping boards and knives for raw meat and cooked foods
  • Do not go near wild or farm animals without protection
  • If you have a fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider
  • If you choose to wear a face mask, be sure to cover your mouth and nose, and avoid touching the mask once it’s on. AFTER USE, immediately discard the mask after each use and wash your hands after removing it

(From the World Health Organization)


Hello, I’m a young female and I’m starting year 9 in 2020. I’m 13 years old and I love anything to do with arts, and if anyone would like to know, my favorite color is yellow. I live in a small apartment, with my parents and three brothers, and I attend a popular private school within the heart of Melbourne. On a side note, I’m really interested in design work, art, project development, business, event planning, and fashion. I also have a lot of hobbies that I love to do in my own time, and I consider myself as a creative person.


Hello everyone and welcome to my blog! My name is Leyla. I am a 14-year-old girl and I live in Melbourne. My favourite subject at school is art. I love design, drawing and creating imagery. Ever since I was little, I have been surrounded by design. My father is an architect and my mother is an interior designer. From seeing their work and by being surrounded by these things, I would like to be an architect too when I grow up. Wanting to design buildings all around the world. Moving onto sport, my favourite sport is gymnastics, which I have been doing for 5 years now. I instantly fell in love with it ever since my first lesson. My favourite apparatus is ‘floor’ as you can express yourself the most.

Firstly, we hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. In celebration of the new year, on the 12th of January 2020, Young Sparks will be running a booth in the Lunar New Year Festival (located in Footscray). Our booth will be located on the corner of Hopkins Street, in front of Thao Nguyen Pharmacy (124 Hopkins Street, FOOTSCRAY, VIC, 3011). Join us for the festive day filled with chess, table tennis, science experiments and other enjoyable activities for your children.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Team Young Sparks