About coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

What it is

COVID-19 is an illness caused by a coronavirus.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some can infect animals, and some can infect humans. COVID-19 is a new disease caused by the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic in March 2020.

Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. Symptoms of COVID-19 are often similar to other illnesses.


Symptoms of COVID-19 can:


Coronaviruses are most commonly spread from an infected person through:

These viruses are not known to spread through ventilation systems or through water.


The best way to prevent the spread of infections is to:

If you have symptoms

If you have symptoms of COVID-19:

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