Coronaviruses are viruses that affect both humans and animals. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which used to be called the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), is a new type of coronavirus. It was first identified in Wuhan, China. On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic.
COVID-19 can spread from person to person:
- Through respiratory droplets - when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and you breathe it in these microscopical droplets. Most often, you need to be within 6 feet of a person for it to spread this way
- By touching a surface or object that has is infected and then touching your face. The virus can live in a surface for a few hours or several days
COVID-19 can cause:
- A respiratory illness that ranges from mild to severe or even deadly
- Symptoms usually start between 2 to 14 days after infection
- It is possible to transmit the virus before symptoms appear
People at higher risk:
- People over 60 years old
- People with medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer.
The following information is a summary of the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO). For more information, please visit the WHO Q&A page