What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus strain that began to spread in people in December 2019.COVID-19 is a new (novel) respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. COVID-19 is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. Formerly, this disease was referred to as "2019 novel coronavirus" or "2019-nCoV."
How is COVID-19 spread?
COVID-19 is typically spread to others when an infected person coughs or sneezes because the virus is found in droplets from the throat and nose. This is similar to how influenza is spread. When someone coughs or sneezes, other people near them can breathe in those droplets. The virus can also spread when an infected person touches an object (such as a common surface) followed by another person touching it then their mouth, face, or eyes.
Most Common Symptoms: Fever, Dry cough, Tiredness
Less Common Symptoms: Aches and pains, Sore throat, Diarrhea, Conjunctivitis, Headache, Loss of taste or smell
Serious Symptoms: Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, Chest pain or pressure, Loss of speech or movement