What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus is a group of common viruses that cause respiratory illnesses. The new strain that causes COVID-19 is called SARS CoV2. COVID-19 symptoms can appear between two and 14 days after exposure.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms can be similar to a cold or flu and can be mild or severe.:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
How is COVID-19 spread?
This virus is spread like a cold or the flu:
- Droplets traveling in the air through coughs or sneezes
- Close personal contact, such as shaking hands
- Touching an object with the virus on it
Who is most at risk of becoming severely ill?
Although anyone can contract COVID-19, severe cases are more likely in the elderly and people with existing health conditions such as heart disease, cancer or respiratory disease.