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What You Need to Know about COVID-19

WHAT IS COVID-19?


COVID-19 is the name for the illness caused by a newly identified coronavirus that originated in China. Coronaviruses are very common. Coronaviruses infect the respiratory tract and are associated with the common cold and pneumonia.

HOW IS IT SPREAD?

Much is still unknown about how this coronavirus spreads. The current understanding of the virus is based on what is known about previously-discovered coronaviruses. Person-to-person transmission generally occurs within close contact (about six feet) and is thought to spread via respiratory droplets that occur with coughing and sneezing. It may be possible for the virus to be spread through touching a surface with the virus on it and then touching the mouth, nose or eyes. The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (community spread) in some affected geographic areas.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have reported a wide range of severity of illness. Some experience very mild symptoms while others have experienced severe illness and deaths have occurred. Symptoms have included fever, dry cough and shortness of breath.