What Is 2019 Novel Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses known to cause respiratory illness in humans. Recently an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) strain of coronavirus (originally called “2019-nCoV” and recently officially designated as SARS-Co-V-2). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is not the same as the disease caused by coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
What Is COVID-19?
On Feb. 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19.
Is COVID-19 Considered a Pandemic?
On Mar. 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced COVID-19 is a pandemic.
What Are the Symptoms and Complications That 2019 Novel Coronavirus Can Cause?
Symptoms may include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Complications can be mild and few, although some cases can progress to severe illness and in severe cases to death.
How Does COVID-19 Spread?
Much is unknown about how COVID-19 spreads. Person-to-person transmission is occurring among close contacts and is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when a person with COVID-19 coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread.
How Is a COVID-19 Infection Treated?
There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive medicines to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, a physician will prescribe additional medical treatment as needed. Anyone who feels that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should call their health care provider immediately.
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