Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans. There is
currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 ft).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or inhaled into the lungs.
- Spreading might be possible before people show symptoms.
- It may be possible to spread the virus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your own mouth, nose, or possibly your eyes.
What are the Symptoms? (CDC)
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure
- Shortness of breath
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, have difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, get medical attention immediately. If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, please submit an incident report for Coronavirus.