What is COVID-19?

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The emergence of what is commonly referred to as the “coronavirus” has a lot of people understandably on edge. We'd like to shed some light the this emerging illness.

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What is the Coronavirus?

Let’s start out with a bit of clarification about the coronavirus.

The coronavirus actually refers to a family of respiratory illness-causing viruses.

The virus in the news is actually a strain of coronavirus known as COVID-19.

It’s in the same family of diseases that cause the common cold.

Like the common cold, COVID-19 spreads between people, especially from infected respiratory droplets produced by coughing and sneezing.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can vary from mild to severe, and death is a possible outcome.

The most common early symptoms (which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath) appear between 2 and 14 days after exposure.

Refer to the CDC, FDA, and World Health Organizaiton for the latest information about COVID-19.

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