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Coronavirus / COVID-19

COVID-19

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 

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