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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

A resource guide for information on COVID-19
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What are the Coronaviruses?


Coronaviruses are a group of common viruses. They are named for the crown-like spikes on the surface of the virus. Some coronaviruses only affect animals, but others can also affect humans. Most people get infected with human coronaviruses at some time in their life. This usually causes mild to moderate upper-respiratory infections, like the common cold. But they can also cause more severe illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia.

There are several different types of human coronaviruses, including coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronaviruses.

COVID-19 Symptoms

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

For confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include:

  •     Fever
  •     Cough
  •     Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  •     Chills
  •     Repeated shaking with chills
  •     Muscle pain
  •     Headache
  •     Sore throat
  •     New loss of taste or smell