About COVID-19

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
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Updated CDC List of Symptoms

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

Updated CDC Information on Virus Spread

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.

Learn More About Higher Risk for Severe Illness from the CDC