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 and obect (such as a common surface) followed by another person touching it then their mouth, face, or eyes.
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
New loss of taste or smell
Call ahead before you go to a doctor's office, urgent care, or emergency room. Inform them of your recent travel and your symptoms.