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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

All you need to know about COVID-19 in one place.

About COVID-19

What is the Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). The current strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans (World Health Organization).

What are the Symptoms?

Common signs of infection include:

  • Respiratory symptoms:
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Breathing difficulties
    • In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death (WHO).

What are the Risks?

The complete clinical picture concerning the coronavirus is not fully known. Reported illnesses have ranged from very mild (including some with no reported symptoms) to severe, including illness resulting in death. Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes seem to be at higher risk of developing serious illness (Center for Disease Control).

Health professionals across the country are urging the public to avoid crowded events, avoid traveling to areas with high confirmed cases of the virus, and frequently wash their hands when encountering the public. This is an ongoing issue with new information being provided daily. Please look through the rest of this guide for more information and tips on prevention. 

CDC Updates

Information from the Center for Disease Control

The CDC has information and resources on COVID-19 including variants, symptoms, vaccines, and tracking information. 

WHO Coronavirus Resources

Information from the World Health Organization

WHO has information and resources on COVID-19 from news to variants.  

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