COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Get Started

What's in This Guide

Please note: this guide doesn't offer medical advice, but instead it provides links to public health resources, research databases, and up to date news stories about the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

What is Coronavirus/COVID-19?

"Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases...Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people...Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties...Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing." ~ World Health Organization (WHO) (https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus)

On February 11, 2020 WHO named the current Coronavirus strain COVID-19. So COVID-19 is the disease caused by the virus.

WHO Video - What is the Coronavirus?

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